Wayne South has 28 years of law enforcement experience and retired from the Gainesville Police Department in 2018. He served as a patrol sergeant, FTO sergeant, shift commander, deputy district commander, and commander of the training and education division. He has a master's degree in criminal justice, as well as a Master of Business Administration.
He served as an adjunct instructor at a local college for 17 years teaching law enforcement classes from basic to advanced. Wayne currently teaches criminal justice classes at a college in Northeast Tennessee.