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Stronger Together

At a time where division seems to be celebrated, it is vital that law enforcement leaders continue to be the catalyst in bringing everyone together. We should follow the lead of the IACP this past year and leverage the momentum to build consensus for our profession, our communities, and our countries.

 


Servant Leadership

 

International Association of Chiefs of Police

IACP Executive Board 

IACP Midsize Agencies Division General Chair

IACP Resolutions Committee

IACP Advisory Committee on Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Hate Crimes

IACP Policy Council

IACP Advisory Committee on Citations in Lieu of Arrest

IACP Advisory Committee on Officer Health and Wellness


Police Executive Research Forum

FBI National Academy Assoicates

Appalachia HIDTA Executive Board


Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police

TACP Past President

TACP Legislative Committee Chair

TACP Finance Committee 

TACP Board of Directors

TACP Leadership and Membership Committee Chair

TACP Futures Committee Chair


Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2

Southern States Police Benevolent Association

Knoxville Public Safety Foundation


Community Service

Youth Leadership Knoxville – Board Chair

The Change Center Knoxville – Board Co-Chair

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

Metro Drug Coalition – Executive Committee At Large Member (Past President)

Volunteer Ministry Center (Past Board Chair)

Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

Family Justice Center (Past President)

Trinity Health Foundation

Tennessee Recovery Coalition

Knowledge - Education

MASTER OF SCIENCE | 2001 | UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

  • Justice Administration - Dean's Scholar

BACHELOR OF ARTS | 1986 | UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

  • Major: Political Science

Leadership Tennessee Class V | 2017

US Army War College Commandant's National Security Program | 2016

US Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar | 2014

FBI National Executive Institute 40th Session | 2013

FBI Leadership in Counter Terrorism, Atlantic Program | 2011

Leadership Knoxville | 2011

FBI/Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar | 2008

Senior Management Institute for Police, PERF 40th Session | 2008

FBI National Academy, 218th Session | 2004

SPI Administrative Officers Course, 105th Session | 2001

US Army Primary Leadership Development Course | 1989 


Adjunct Faculty, Bethel University College of Professional Studies Criminal Justice Program | 2011 to Present


Professional Experience

CHIEF OF POLICE, 2011 - PRESENT

  • Currently serve as Chief of Police for the Knoxville Police Department in Knoxville, Tennessee.  I enjoy the responsibility of leading a premier law enforcement agency that serves over 187,000 residents in an approximately 104 square mile area of the third largest city in Tennessee that is home to the University of Tennessee. The agency has an annual budget of $65 million dollars and maintains seven facilities within the city.  The authorized strength is 525 employees, with 416 being sworn police officers.  The department has earned accreditation through TLEA and CALEA. The departments’ training academy is also CALEA accredited. Working in coordination with other City departments, the department is responsive to community needs and concerns.  It has an excellent working relationship with the community and embraces the Community Policing Philosophy.  Proactive Community Engagement, Initiation and Positive Utilization of Social Media Platforms, Compassionate Communication, Advocacy for Special Populations, Transparency, Accountability, Changing the Police Culture through Servant Leadership and Humanizing the Role of the Police have been key elements of my tenure as Chief.  During my tenure the department and the community have experienced a significant decrease in Use of Force, including an unprecedented current three years plus period of no Officer Involved Shootings.

DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE, 2009 - 2011

CAPTAIN, 2006 - 2009

LIEUTENANT, 2002 - 2006

SERGEANT, 1998 - 2002

POLICE OFFICER, 1993 - 1998

SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUAD, 1997 - 2007


U.S. ARMY MILITARY POLICE CORPS, 1986 - 1990

Policy Experience

INTERNATIONAL:

  • Contract Consultant and Trainer for the Department of State on Leadership in Counter Terrorism Training.  Presented the initial three week course to Commanders from the Jamaican Constabulary Forces in Kingston, Jamaica.

NATIONAL:

  • Advised and engaged with Senior Officials and Staffers of White House on Transnational Crime and on the Opioid Crisis with the Trump Administration
  • Advised and engaged with Senior Officials and Staffers of White House on Police Transparency, Police Community Relations, and on the Opioid Crisis with the Obama Administration   
  • Peer Reviewer for Grant Awards for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
  • IACP Advisory Committee on Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Hate Crimes

STATE OF TN:

  • Tennessee Governors Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism
  • Tennessee Committee to Create Guidelines on Buprenorphine
  • Tennessee Open Records Advisory Board
  • Tennessee Public Safety Coalition

LOCAL:

  • Knox County Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Advisory Task Force
  • Knoxville Mayor's Roundtable on Homeless Services
  • Knox County Committee on Reducing Jail Overcrowding 
  • Knox County Pre-trial Release Reform Committee 
  • Knox County Committee on Diversion of Persons with Mental Illness 
  • Knoxville Mayor's Save Our Sons Task Force 
  • Knox County Prescription Drug Task Force
  • Knox County Schools Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force
  • Grants Committee for the Trinity Health Foundation providing grants to non-profits impacting community challenges

Honors and Awards


  • 2017 Chief of the Year | Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2017 Community Service Award | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Commemorative Commission
  • 2017 He for She Award | Junior League Knoxville
  • 2017 General Chair Midsize Agencies Division | International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2016 President Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2016 John W. Gill, Jr Substance Abuse Prevention Advocacy Award | Metro Drug Coalition
  • 2016 Fatherhood Excellence Award | Beta Theta Boule’ Foundation
  • 2014 Frank Rapier Visionary Award | Appalachia HIDTA
  • 2013 Legislative Award | Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police

Why I'm Running

Stonger Together