Daron Hall was sworn-in as the 61st sheriff of Davidson County September 2002 and elected to his fifth term in 2018. Upon conclusion of this term, he will be the longest serving sheriff in Metropolitan Nashville’s history.
Hall has made it a priority to focus on programming, treatment and community involvement to ensure inmates become productive citizens. Over the past 10 years, these efforts have resulted in a dramatic 32 percent decrease in the inmate population and closing of a 300-bed facility. For the first time in Nashville history, fewer jail beds are being built.
He is also passionate about decriminalizing mental illness and is currently working towards criminal justice improvements. Hall’s plan includes opening a one-of-its-kind behavioral care center in early 2020. In September 2017, he was awarded the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sam Cochran Award for his commitment and earlier this year, was presented with NAMI Tennessee’s Vision of Hope Award.
Hall is president of the National Sheriff’s Association and serves on its Executive Board and Board of Directors. he is the first NSA president from the state of Tennessee. Additionally, he served as the 101st president of the American Correctional Association (ACA); the first sheriff ever elected to this position in the organization’s 141-year history, and was chosen as the recipient of ACA’s 2018 prestigious E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award.
After 30 years of criminal justice experience, Hall is seen as an expert in his field and has been interviewed by national and international media outlets including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NPR, the New York Times, CNN, and Fortune Magazine.
Awards and Recognitions
- National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Tennessee 2019 Vision of Hope Award, honoring those who are innovators in the addressing needs of those suffering from mental illness.
- Nashville Prevention Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012, for his career-long commitment to battling substance abuse for those incarcerated and beyond.
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Ambassador of Hope Award, 2005, recognizing outstanding service to the mentally ill in criminal justice.
- Women’s Political Caucus “Good Guy” Award, 2004, recognizing men who promote the cause and advancement of women.
- Dismas, Inc. Jack Hickey Award, 2006, recognizing a lifetime commitment to justice and reconciliation.
- The Tennessean, named Top 40 Under 40.
- Leadership Nashville, Class of 2004.