(NASHVILLE) — Dickson County resident, Lt. Preston Donaldson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, was recognized on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday upon the occasion of his retirement from the State of Tennessee. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 470, sponsored by Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield), giving him a standing ovation for his service.
“Lt. Donaldson exemplifies the values of hard work, compassion, and devotion to public service that are characteristic of a true Tennessean and diligent officer of the law,” Roberts resolution said. “Be it resolved by the Senate of the 109th General Assembly, the House of Representatives concurring, that Lieutenant Preston Donaldson be honored and commended for his thirty years of dedicated service to the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security upon the occasion of his retirement.”
Donaldson joined the Highway Patrol in 1986 after serving as a police officer for the City of Dickson from 1982 to 1986. In 1990, he was selected to be one of eighteen D.A.R.E troopers for the state and then, in 1997, became a safety education officer. In 2001, Lt. Donaldson was assigned to the Capitol Protection Unit as a sergeant. Since 2009, he has served as a lieutenant where he supervises three sergeants, nineteen troopers, and one capitol police officer.
Lt. Donaldson lives in Bon Aqua with his wife, Dorothy. The Donaldsons have three children and three grandchildren and are members of the Walnut Street Church of Christ in Dickson.
Roberts told state senators that Donaldson is presently completing his degree in elementary education at Nashville State Community College, where he has a 4.0 GPA.
“We are very proud of Lt. Donaldson,” added Roberts. “He has served us with distinction and exemplifies all that is good with those who serve us in the Tennessee Highway Patrol. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”