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Guarding the governor

Joe Patterson keeps a watchful eye on Gov. Haslam prior to a commencement ceremony at the University of Memphis.

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It makes for a unique set of job requirements. Law enforcement experience is expected. Military training is preferred. A willingness to jump between the governor and any source of trouble is mandatory. That’s the job of Warren County native Joseph Patterson, a sergeant with the state’s Protective Services Division. Patterson has the responsibility of guarding Gov. Bill Haslam day and night and ensuring no harm befalls him. Patterson’s job is especially intense because he’s what is called the governor’s “body guy.” That means he is usually just a few steps from Gov. Haslam during any public appearance.

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