Cheryl Sanders was promoted in February 2013 from Captain to Major, supervising the Field Operations East Bureau. Commissioned as a Road Trooper in 1983, Sanders first worked in Knox County where she was also assigned to the CID Division in undercover narcotics enforcement. In 2002, Sanders became the first female promoted to Lieutenant with the THP. In 2006, she became the first female promoted to Captain overseeing the Chattanooga district. In 2008, Sanders was reassigned as Captain over the Knoxville district. Sanders earned an Associate’s degree in police science and criminal justice from Roane State Community College, and is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.