Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office first woman deputy, detective dies Tuesday

Sep 02, 2022 at 07:50 am by WGNS

(RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN) Carolyn McGowen, 63, Rutherford County Sheriff’s first certified woman deputy and first woman detective, died Tuesday.

McGowen started her career as a La Vergne Police Department police officer. She joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1984 as a patrol deputy and was later promoted as the first woman detective. McGowen primarily investigated crimes against children and sexual abuse crimes.


After her career in law enforcement, McGowen became a teacher with the Bedford County Schools. There, she was a dedicated educator for many years. She was an 8th grade English as a Second Language teacher at Community Middle School in Unionville, TN.

Obituary Information: Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 with the service at 2 p.m. at Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Smyrna. For more details, click here.

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