A longtime resident of Bradley County, he attended elementary school, junior high and high schools here. After high school, Thomas joined the Bradley County Fire-Rescue at Taylor’s Fire Station, where he served until 2001.
He attended Cleveland State Community College, where he graduated from the police academy in 2002.
Kimsey met all the requirements of the state of Tennessee’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, and received his P.O.S.T. certification to work as a full-time law enforcement officer in the state.
After the police academy, Kimsey worked at the Charleston Police Department and then the Niota Police Department.
In 2004 Kimsey was hired at the Bradley County’s Sheriff’s Office, where he spent nine years.
“My time at the Sheriff’s Office was some of the most rewarding years of service, because of working and helping in my community,” he said.
Kimsey spent most of his patrol career at the Sheriff’s Office in the McDonald, Prospect, White Oak and Hopewell areas.
Kimsey said, “The 1st District is where most my family and friends are, and that is why I want to keep serving my community and help keep it safe.”
Through his course in law enforcement, Kimsey has accomplished many things, from extensive training to helping keep the bad guys off the streets.
“One of the most rewarding things I ever did happened on an April morning while I was responding to an alarm call. I turned the corner and saw a house on fire. I was able to make entry into the house and get a father and his 7-year-old son out safely. That is why I am in law enforcement, to help.”
This act of bravery earned Kimsey a Life Saving Award from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and an award from the Cleveland 100 Club.
Kimsey was also awarded a “Tornado Service Award” by the Sheriff’s Office. On April 27, 2011, Kimsey was at his home on vacation. When he heard what was going on, he put on his uniform and went to work beside so many of his fellow emergency workers and other residents to try to help as many people as possible.
“The day of the tornadoes was one of the scariest and most horrifying days I have ever had to live through. It was also the day I saw people band together to help their neighbors, family, friends and strangers. There was a real sense of brotherly love shown on that day,” said Kimsey.
Throughout his years of service in law enforcement, Kimsey has been to more than 1,041 hours of training. This training includes PPCT Defensive Tactics, PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense Basic, verbal judo, D.U.I./standardize field sobriety testing, defensive driving course, chemical weapon dynamic scenario, domestic preparedness/WMD awareness, Hazardous materials awareness, OCAT basic course, Tennessee Uniform crash, able crash report, 8th annual Smoky Mountain Criminal Justic Conference, state of Tennessee P.O.S.T. certification, police traffic radar/laser speed measurement, advanced report writing and the state of Tennessee Corrections Institute Basic.
During his time at the Sheriff’s Office, Thomas attended 40 hours of in-service training every year along with other specialized training.
Among the awards received by Kimsey were two Spotlight Award from the Sheriff’s office, 2005; Safe Driving award, 2010; five-year-service award, 2010; Life Saving Award, 2011; Tornado Service Award, 2011; and Life Saving Award from Cleveland 100, 2013.
Kimsey is running on a “platform of many years of experience as a certified law enforcement office, a dedicated public servant, trained and professional person willing and capable of fulfilling the requirements of the office and being a working constable for the residents of the 1st District.”
If elected, Kimsey “promises to maintain all training requirements by the state, patrol the neighborhoods, be available for questions, use his years of experience to help the community, make the office of constable as professional as possible and be a working constable in the community.”