Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Promotes Four

Friday, February 25, 2011 | 05:50 pm
Lt Col Wayne Spinger
Lt Col Wayne Spinger
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has promoted four individuals as part of Colonel Tracy Trott’s Command Staff in Nashville.  Rank advancements were presented to the following individuals:
 
Wayne Springer was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel over Field Operations.   Since 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Springer has served as Major over the Field Operations West Bureau. Springer began his service in state government in March 1982 as a Communications Operator in the Lawrenceburg District, where he worked more than two years before being commissioned as a State Trooper in 1984. He worked the road as a State Trooper in Giles and Lawrence Counties until his promotion to Sergeant in May 1989.   After working as Sergeant in Lawrence County for eight years, Springer was promoted to Lieutenant within the District 7 Lawrenceburg Headquarters in 1997, where he served as Administrative Lieutenant for more than eight years. In 2005, Springer was promoted to Captain over the Lawrenceburg District. Lieutenant Colonel Springer has expertise in Traffic Crash Reconstruction and specialized training in Traffic Services Management and Records.  Springer currently resides in Loretto, Tenn., with his wife, Deborah, of 36 years. The couple has three children, Heath, Timothy, and Kimberly, and five grandchildren. Springer is a member of the Tennessee State Troopers Association, American Legion, and Gideon’s.  
 
Rex Prince was promoted to Majorover the Field Operations West Bureau, replacingWayne Springer who was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel over Field Operations.  Since September 2010, Prince has served as the Director of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), headquartered in Nashville. Prior to his appointment as CID Director, Prince served as Captain of both the Chattanooga District and the Nashville District.   Prince began his career with the Highway Patrol in 1978 and served as a Road Trooper in all 12 counties of the Nashville District. Prior to his promotion to Captain, Prince served as Lieutenant in charge of the Ordinance Section from 1996 to 2007. From 1988 to 1992, he served THP Special Operations as a SWAT sniper, K-9 handler, diver and motorcycle patrolman. Prince was also a member of the National Guard, serving 31 years before retiring from the Guard in 2006. Major Prince is a 1975 graduate of Camden High School and attended Volunteer State Community college. He is married and has two sons and three granddaughters. He is a native of Camden, Tennessee.    
 
John H. Albertson III was promoted to Director of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), replacing Rex Prince who was promoted to Major over the Field Operations West Bureau. Albertson has served since 2006 as Lieutenant and Statewide Commander over the Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T.) headquartered in Nashville. Prior to his promotion as CIRT Commander, Albertson worked as a CIRT Team Leader and Sergeant in District 3 Nashville and District 7 Lawrenceburg from 2001 to 2006. Prior to working as a CIRT investigator, Albertson served as a Road Trooper in Wilson and Rutherford Counties from 1987 to 2001, including two special assignments for CID. Since 2003, he has served as an instructor in crash investigations for the THP Training Center. Albertson began his law enforcement career as a patrolman for the Rockwood Police Department from 1986 to 1987. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and a 2010 graduate of the University of Tennessee National Forensic Academy. Albertson is a graduate of Roane State Community College with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice. He is currently attending Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. Albertson and his wife, Tammy, have three children and they live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.     
 
Tim Dover has been promoted to Captain over the Logistics Division headquartered in Nashville, replacing Robert W. Brown who is retiring after 33 years of service with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Since 2009, Dover has served as the Emergency Services Coordinator assigned to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Dover began his career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol as a Road Trooper in 1989, serving Cheatham County until his transfer to the Planning & Research Division where he helped design the Tennessee Uniform Scannable Crash Report. In 2002, he was promoted to Sergeant of the Crash Records Section and in 2003 transferred to the Executive Protection Detail where he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, Dover served as the District 3 Nashville Communications Supervisor. Captain Dover and his wife, Jennifer, have one child. They live in Dickson, Tennessee. 
 
The Tennessee Department of Safety’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.