Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson to retire; city to conduct nationwide search for replacement

Steve Anderson
Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson announced his retirement June 18. (Screenshot courtesy Metro Nashville)

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson announced his retirement June 18. (Screenshot courtesy Metro Nashville)

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson is stepping down after 10 years of service as chief, according to an announcement from the city June 18.

Anderson has worked in the department for the last 45 years, beginning his career as a patrol officer, according to the city.

Mayor John Cooper thanked Anderson for his service and announced that the city will begin a nationwide search for his replacement.

“Chief Steve Anderson, who has served the city honorably in this role since 2010, will retire at the conclusion of our national search and hiring process,” Cooper in a release. “Over the next several months, my office will organize input from the entire community as we find the right leader for this next chapter of community safety in Nashville.”

The announcement comes weeks after multiple Metro Nashville Council members, including At-Large Council Member Bob Mendes and District 19 Council Member Freddie O'Connell, called for Anderson's resignation following police response to protests against the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many other black Americans in recent weeks.




The city has also announced MNPD will be working with a public commission in the near term to review the department's use of force policies.


Details of the search are expected to be announced at a later date, according to the release.

An exact date for when Anderson will step down has not been announced.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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