Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson has vacated his position much sooner than he previously stated he would — without explaining.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper in a press release this week announced Anderson’s departure.
Cooper announced that Thursday was Anderson’s final day commanding the department, according to the press release.
“Deputy Chief John Drake will assume command of the MNPD as Interim Chief beginning Friday, August 7, 2020 while the city continues its national search for a reform-minded Chief of Police who will make Nashville a model of community engagement and policing innovation,” the press release said.
“More details of the search process will be announced next week.”
As The Tennessee Star reported in June, Cooper announced that Anderson would officially retire later this year, around November or December. 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, members of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee also called on Anderson to resign. In particular, ACLU members expressed frustration with Anderson’s alleged refusal to collaborate with the Community Oversight Board, which was established in 2018. This, after the deaths of Jocques Clemmons and Daniel Hambrick. The board has independent authority to investigate allegations of misconduct against the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
As The Star reported last week, 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.
This, as Cooper 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.
Cooper has said he 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 encourage a diverse workforce that reflects community demographics.
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