The Kingsport Police Department consists of several administrative units that while not as well known as other divisions, are still critical to the day-to-day operations of the department. Without essential departmental functions performed by the Records Division, the Quartermaster/Evidence Unit, Kingsport City Court, and the department’s many volunteers who give of their time freely, the Kingsport Police Department would fail to flourish.
Lieutenant Tom Wayt received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University. He is also a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. He began his public safety career in 1988 with the Wintersville, Ohio Fire Department where he served as a Firefighter and Paramedic. He later served as an E.R. Technician for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Mercy Hospital and as a Paramedic Rescue Technician for Baldwin E.M.S. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in 2003 and has since served as Patrol Officer, Community Police, S.W.A.T. Operator, Crime Analyst, and supervisor in both the Training Unit and on Patrol. A highly proactive officer, he has been awarded with the Life Saving Medal and the Medal of Valor and is a past recipient of both the Mark Vance Domestic Violence Officer of the Year and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) Officer of the Year awards. He was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 2016, and after serving a tour as Watch Commander on Patrol, he currently commands several divisions of the Administrative Bureau including the Records Division, Municipal Court, and the Quartermaster/Evidence Unit.