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.
— Freddie #StayHome O'Connell (@freddieoconnell) June 4, 2020
...This means that long-standing talk about policing issues needs to become action. One example: it’s clear that MNPD and the Community Oversight Board still don’t see eye-to-eye. We all know that’s mostly the Chief not wanting to play ball. Remove him now.
— Bob Mendes (@mendesbob) June 2, 2020
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.