Quick Facts





  • Over 30 years of law enforcement /public safety experience in Shelby County
  • Retired Chief Inspector
  • Former SWAT Team Commander
  • Former Metro Gang Unit Supervisor
  • FBI National Academy Graduate
  • Master of Science Operations Management from the University of Arkansas
  • Presently the Director of Shelby County Office of Preparedness

traditional values

  • Married to Karen for over 31 years
  • Dale and Karen have 3 adult children and 1 grandson
  • Dale is a man of Faith
  • He is active in his Church and Community
  • Dale is highly regarded as one who speaks from his heart.
  • He is dedicated to the service of his community
  • Dale has a history of solving problems and improving service.

Major Issues

Violent Crime

Trust between Law Enforement and the Community

Making sure our jail is operated with the utmost professionalism

Violent Crime

Today many of our youth have turned to gangs. We as a community must do everything in our power to prevent our young people from going down this path. We must have jobs and opportunities for those who want to get out of gangs and we must disrupt, displace, and suppress criminal gang activity.

Trust between Law Enforement and the Community

At every level of the Sheriff’s Office we will have two main operating philosophies (1) have a problem solving mentality meaning give every person and every situation our very best and never say “its not my job” (2) building partnerships -getting into the community developing relationships.

Making sure our jail is operated with the utmost professionalism

Do all we can to ensure a safe environment for staff and those incarcerated. Work to reduce the length of stay for non-violent offenders to prevent over crowding.




Sheriff's Forum

Watch the Law and Justice Forum between Dale Lane and his opponent.

The #19Strong

Dale talks about his vistion for Shelby County





Most frequent questions and answers

Brief Background:

The most important thing in my life is my relationship with Christ. That relationship requires that I love HIM with all my heart and love my neighbor as myself. The second most important thing in my life is my wife Karen and my family. We have been married over 30 years. We have three adult children and one grandson. Third is my community. I have been honored to serve in law enforcement/public safety for over 31 years and I know the best days of Shelby County are ahead of us!
I want to lead a whole community approach to fighting crime. I will create a youth violence strike force with three focus areas- prevention, intervention, and suppression. I will do everything in my power to bring our business community, faith based organizations, and community leaders together to create opportunity for all our youth.
I started my career in 1987 with the Millington Police Department and joined the Sherifff’s Office in 1989 progressing through the ranks to Chief Inspector. In 2014, I became the Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness. I have a masters degree from the University of Arkansas and I am a FBI National Academy graduate.
I have proven the ability to lead positive change and I will do this as your sheriff to reduce crime, reduce fear, and improve the quality of life for all. Our focus will be on combating violent crime and rebuilding trust. I have the endorsements of Mayor Luttrell and every suburban mayor in the county.

Community Involvement

I am a member of First Assembly Memphis where I serve on the deacon board.
I have been a mentor in the Tennessee Achieves program.
I serve on the Criminal Justice advisory board for Southwest Tennessee Community College.
I am a former youth sports coach.
I teach at local college in the organizational leadership program.

Youth Issues and Needs:

1. Opportunity- I will work with the business community and faithbased organizations to provide opportunities for our youth to prevent gang involvement.
2. School safety- I will work with the county commission to get more school resource officers in our schools and more resources for our teachers to identify at-risk students.

Sheriff Job Description:

The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the county.

I have over 30 years law enforcement/public safety experience. I have a masters degree from the University of Arkansas and I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
I have proven throughout my career that I can lead positive change and improve the quality of life for those who work with me and the citizens we serve. I have proven ability in building partnerships and coalitions that will be required to make our community safer.

Reduce Crime:

1. Lead a whole community approach to fighting crime.
2. Rebuild the trust between law enforcement and the community by fostering relationships and giving the community a voice on how resources are allocated.
3. Develop a youth violence task force with three focus areas; prevention, intervention, and suppression.
4. Lead the Sheriff’s Office with transparency and accountability.
5. Ensure that deputies are well trained, equipped, and committed to excellence.
6. Build partnerships at every level.

Highest Priority:

1. Highest priority is reducing violent crime, reducing fear, and improving the overall quality of life for our citizens.
2. Ensuring that our student’s have a safe environment to learn in.
3. Making sure that our jail is safe and that we reduce the length of stay for non-violent offenders.

Long Term Need:

1. Safety for our citizens- A safe community will spur economic development, more jobs for our citizens, and more funding for our schools.
2. Education- we must ensure that our children get the very best education so that they are prepared for the available jobs. This will not only improve their quality of life but will reduce the chances they turn to a life of crime.
3. County Debt- We must continue to reduce the county debt so that we have the ability to invest in education, public safety, and attracting new companies to our county.

Other Priorities:

1. My focus will be on combating youth crime. Our suspects and victims are getting younger (usually under 25). I want to break this cycle and bring a message of HOPE.
2. Safer Schools – I want to counter the gang influence in our schools and provide a different path forward.