What is a constable?

Constables in the state of Tennessee are primarily process servers for their respective county court systems.  Constables typically handle the serving of subpoenas and other court paperwork.  In some counties in Tennessee, such as Tipton County, a constable has full law enforcement authority and arrest powers.  They supplement the local sheriff’s office or municipal police departments of their respective communities.

Constables draw no salary from their county or state.  They operate on fees paid by the court system for serving paperwork and from citations written.  All equipment, vehicles, and training is paid for by the constable’s own personal funds. 

A constable’s authority exists throughout the state of Tennessee, however constables typically operate in the county that they were elected to serve.