Colonel Trott has served as a member of the THP since 1978. His experience includes seven years as a Road Trooper in Greene and Carter counties; six years as a Greene and Sullivan county Enforcement Sergeant; and 14 years as a Troop Lieutenant, where he managed five counties in the Tri-Cities area and performed day-to-day law enforcement duties. Trott served a five-month stint as Major in the Colonel’s office, before being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in August of 2006. He was promoted to Colonel of the THP in September 2010.
Leading the list of his accomplishments, include a two-time honor (1983-84) as one of the top 10 troopers in DUI Enforcement in Tennessee; a certification as a police instructor by the POST Commission; a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute (2006) and selection into the Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development FBI program (2007). Colonel Trott was recently elected as the 2nd Vice Chair of the State and Provincial Section of the International Association of Chiefs’ of Police (IACP). This is the third ranking position in the State and Provincial Section, which consists of all U.S. state police organizations, along with the provincial police departments in Canada and the state police of Puerto Rico. He is a 2013 graduate of the 36th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute.
A native of Randolph, Maine, Trott earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminology from ETSU. He is also a 1996 graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. Trott began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the ETSU Police Department in 1976.
Trott is married to Meredith Treadway Trott and has two grown children, Laura (Nashville, Tenn.) and Joey (Elizabethton, Tenn.). Trott resides in Rutherford County.