Lt. Tim Singleton is retiring after 35 and a half years of service with Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
Singleton started with the agency in 1988 and remained in Putnam County throughout his entire service to the state.
Singleton grew up in Cottontown and knew in high school that he wanted to be a game warden. Singleton stated, “People look out from a bluff and see the view, but I wanted to be immersed in it, off of the pavement in God’s creation.” After graduating from Tennessee Tech, he was hired by the agency and moved to Monterey as the Putnam County officer.
Singleton promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant and has remained in this position for over 12 years. He and his wife, Sandra, raised two daughters (Skylar and Timberly) in the community and he has been the minister for the Monterey Church of Christ for over a decade. “You enjoy a career such as this, because of the support of family. Sandra has done so much. She’s answered questions, taken calls, and encouraged me,” shared Singleton.
Singleton is known throughout the TWRA region as a steadfast, fair, and candid lieutenant. His strong work ethic is reflected in various awards including Area Officer of the Year on two occasions, Hunter Education Instructor award, Regional Wildlife Officer of the Year, and statewide Boating Officer of the Year. Regardless of these accolades, if asked to share his greatest accomplishments, Singleton will tell you that he hoped, in some small way, he had an impact on our resources and that he connected with people. “It hasn’t been a job. It’s been a calling. I enjoyed working with the citizens, hunters, anglers, and my coworkers,” said Singleton.
Captain Roy Cannon shared, “Although we’ll fill the role of lieutenant, we cannot replace Tim Singleton. He was able to thread the needle and be successful in so many capacities. We wish him the very best.”
Singleton’s retirement plans include spending time with grandchildren and family. He’ll continue with his ministry work and still dedicate time to the agency as a volunteer with turkey work, wild hog work, and as a hunter education instructor.
The TWRA hires wildlife officers once a year. Applications are currently open September 28 - October 18, 2023. If chosen, Academy training starts the first week of January 2024 and last 23 weeks. To find more on the role of wildlife officers and the application process visit www.TNWildlife.org.
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