Metro to hire next police chief internally; Anderson interested

Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 6:36pm

Nashville’s next police chief will come from within the department, and it appears the familiar name of interim Chief Steve Anderson could be high on the list.

Shortly after Metro announced a search for an internal candidate with the Metro Nashville Police Department, Anderson said in a statement that he has changed his mind since saying in May he was not interested in the permanent chief position.

“After much thought and reflection, I have decided to apply for the position of Chief of Police,” Anderson says in the statement.

The “promotional announcement,” released early Thursday afternoon, states the Metro Human Resources Department will accept applications through noon Thursday, Dec. 23, with interviews to be conducted that afternoon. Only applicants from within the Metro Police Department will be considered.

According to the posting, the job of Nashville’s top cop will pay between $114,993 and $230,676 a year, and requires a bachelor’s degree, 10 years of law enforcement experience and five years of management-level experience.

In a statement, Mayor Karl Dean said his experience in working with the police department’s upper-level management as mayor and as a former Metro director of law led him to focus on the department for the city’s next police chief.

"These persons have devoted their lives and professional careers to Nashville and the safety of our citizens,” Dean said in the statement. “There is no reason why our city’s next Chief of Police should not come from within the Metropolitan Police Department.”

Sgt. Robert Weaver, president of the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police, said, “Clearly, it says the mayor is confident he has people who know the city and know the issues facing this police department and are going to be able to lead this police department for the near future.”

Weaver said the police department has plenty of “seasoned” personnel with different leadership experience who know how the department functions.

“When you go outside of the department, it could tend to leave a feeling of ‘What are we not doing right that we aren’t training our own leaders from within the department for succession?’”

The job opening is viewable on the Metro Human Resources website under promotional opportunities, and the police department is posting the position throughout its ranks.

The official posting states the interview carries 100 percent of the exam weight.

Asked who would serve on the panel to interview police chief applicants, Dean spokeswoman Janel Lacy said human resources would oversee the process.


9 Comments on this post:

By: Bellevue on 12/16/10 at 6:51

Why would anyone apply for this position when the appointee is predetermined?

As with most every job, it's who you know.

By: fair_minded on 12/16/10 at 8:05

This sounds like a little maneuvering on the part of the mayor, trying to gain a bit of political favor after his colossal blunder with the Fairgrounds.

No slight intended to Mr. Anderson, who may or may not be the best person for the job, but to restrict applicants to *only* the Metro police department disregards the fact that there could be a better qualified person in the next county or the next state-- we'll never know because we never looked.

At best, Mr. Anderson seems a bit lukewarm about whether he even wants the job, having previously announced that he did not.

Service with Metro should be a definite "plus" and for sure a tie-breaker when all other things are equal, but it should not be the *only* deciding factor.

By: left on 12/16/10 at 9:13

All promotions should come from within, no outsiders like the fire chief this city has now. There are plenty of great choices that work for this department that can run it better than this little sh*t they have now. Go back home wherever it may be.

By: Farmer Wilson on 12/17/10 at 12:28

Looks like Anderson is most likely going to get it.

First thing he should do as Chief is decommission the Vanderbilt Police Dept.

They have about as much business with full Metro powers of arrest as a SWAT Team does with nuclear weapons.

By: PsyNurse on 12/17/10 at 3:03

Chief Anderson would do the city proud. I had the privilege of having him as a professor in college 14 years ago. He was always professional, by the book and unbiased with all students. I'm sure his ethics as a professor will also be reflected in his role as chief. Nashville will be lucky to have him.

By: Kosh III on 12/17/10 at 9:06

What!!! (sarcasm alert)
You mean we won't spend a 2-3 hundred thousand dollars on a professional search firm or high-paying consultants to help find the next Serpas?

By: GUARDIAN on 12/17/10 at 10:23

GUARDIAN-Whoever it is I hope he isn't a liar and half truth teller like Serpas. I hope he also understands that gangs are destroying Nashville.

By: Alphadog7 on 12/17/10 at 11:54

What happened to Cmdr. Nash? Is he still in the running?

By: dogmrb on 12/18/10 at 2:32

I certainly hope Cmdr. Nash still has his hat in the ring. He's smart, done a variety of different jobs in the MNPD and is doing a great job in East Nashville.