Metro Nashville Police Department Chief Steve Anderson has announced a round of promotions and reassignments within his force, the most prominent of which being Madison Precinct Cmdr. Brian Johnson’s appointment to deputy chief.
Johnson, who served as the commander in Madison for just more than a year (since Jan. 1, 2012), will succeed Deputy Chief Louise Kelton.
Kelton is set to retire Saturday following her appointment by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Marshal for Middle Tennessee.
Johnson, 47, has served as head of both the Field Operations Bureau and the Special Operations Division as well as over the Central Precinct’s Investigations Unit.
Other appointments according to a department release include:
• Anderson has tapped Capt. Sebastian Gourdin to take over as Madison Precinct commander. Gourdin, a 13-year police department veteran, currently oversees the Youth Services Division.
• Lt. Gordon Howey will be promoted to captain and replace Gourdin in Youth Services. Howey most recently oversaw the Madison Precinct’s Investigative Unit.
• Lt. Curtis Watkins will replace Howey at the Madison Precinct
• Keith Stephens will be promoted to captain and will serve as the executive officer in the Field Operations Bureau, a position vacated by former Capt. Gary Goodwin who left the department to serve as police chief in Goodlettsville.
• Lt. Chris Gilder will transfer to the Office of Professional Accountability part of a planned supervisory rotation. Current OPA Lt. Mitch Fuhrer will move to the Specialized Investigations Division.