Nashville Metro At-Large Council Member Steve Glover wondered this week if certain residents of Davidson County who lean right politically will have a say selecting a new police chief to replace the retiring Steve Anderson.
This, as Mayor John Cooper on Tuesday announced what he called a roadmap to finding a new chief. According to a press release, Cooper will rely on Metro Human Resources and a candidate review committee to narrow that person down.
Glover, on his Facebook page, said he wanted Cooper to consult with people he might not otherwise.
“I wonder if there will be any conservative voices allowed in this conversation,” Glover said.
“I only ask, because we have been completely ignored after we voted for him [Cooper] in the run off.”
Members of Cooper’s office did not return The Tennessee Star’s request for comment Wednesday.
Cooper, according to his plan, will use former President Barack Obama’s principles on 21st Century Policing to guide him. Those principles, among other things, warn against “overly aggressive law enforcement strategies” and encourages a diverse workforce that reflects community demographics.
Metro officials said in the press release they will advertise the police chief position in mid-August with, among others, the following groups:
• The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
• The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
• The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives
• The National Black Police Officers Association
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, COB members plan to help city officials find Nashville’s next police chief. Chief Anderson will retire in likely five months’ time. This, as reported, after left-wing activists and Metro Council members pushed for either Anderson to resign or for Cooper to fire him.
As reported, Anderson would not meet with COB members, and that caused friction. Nashville Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) members have long said they have serious constitutional concerns about the board. FOP members have even said the board is “set up for some means of retaliation and retribution for a problem that doesn’t exist.”
As The Star reported in April, COB members demanded that police officers stop asking people about their immigration and citizenship status.
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