Metro Nashville lays out plan for selecting new chief of police

The nationwide search includes a community engagement survey and advertising the position with a number of organizations. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
The nationwide search includes a community engagement survey and advertising the position with a number of organizations. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

The nationwide search includes a community engagement survey and advertising the position with a number of organizations. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Following the announcement earlier this summer that Metro Nashville Police Department Chief Steve Anderson will retire, Metro Nashville officials have announced a process for how his successor will be chosen.

According to a July 28 announcement from Mayor John Cooper's office, the nationwide search process will feature an extensive community engagement process. The city will also advertise the job posing with a number of organizations, including the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association; the Major City Chiefs Association; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the Police Executive Research Forum; the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives; the National Black Police Officers Association; and the FBI National Academy Associates.

Beginning Aug. 3, residents will be able to take a survey on their priorities for the next chief of police online or through the city's 311 phone line.

"Mayor Cooper is eager to encourage outstanding police executives from across the nation to apply to this position," officials stated in the announcement. "To help recruit outstanding candidates, the Metro Human Resources Department has engaged Gary Peterson, President and CEO of Public Sector Search & Consulting, to assist with the search process. Mr. Peterson specializes in police executive searches and has conducted searches in more than 25 cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Kansas City, and Sacramento, [California]."

Next month, the city's human resources department will assemble a committee to assist the department in rating applicants. Finalists will be selected, and an interview process will take place this fall, according to the announcement.


A new chief is expected to be named in October, according to the timeline released by Metro Nashville.
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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