Richard “Dean” Hurley was promoted in February 2013 from Major to Lt. Colonel supervising the agency’s Field Operations Bureau. Hurley had served as Major over field operations in east Tennessee since 2010. Prior to that, he served as Captain over the 13-county Fall Branch district. Hurley started his career with the THP in 1977, serving in Sullivan County and his native Washington County as a road trooper. Hurley is an adjunct faculty member teaching criminal justice courses at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, where he also received his Master of Arts degree in criminology and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. Hurley served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973-1976.