Franklin taps new police chief

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 5:49pm

Franklin interim police chief David Rahinsky, who has served in that role since February, has been tapped to permanently serve in the chief role.

Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey announced the appointment Friday.

Rahinsky assumed the role of interim police chief when former Chief Jackie Moore retired earlier this year. Rahinsky started working at the department in 2006 as the deputy chief of the Criminal Investigations Division and also served as deputy chief of operations before being promoted to assistant chief in 2010.

“I am pleased to say we had an excellent field of candidates overall and our final four were all top notch” Stuckey said in a statement. “Chief Rahinsky’s qualifications, experience, excellent training, commitment to public service, and unique knowledge of our Police Department and City operations made him the best match for the city of Franklin.”

Rahinsky began his law enforcement career in Philadelphia in 1987. He worked for Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for 17 years. He also served as police chief for Oakland Park, Fla.

Rahinsky said he was honored by the decision, noting, “I look forward to building on the tradition of excellence set by Chief Moore and our team.”

The new chief was chosen from a field of more than 130 applicants nationwide following interviews with Franklin officials and a panel comprised of members of the community; a meet and greet with Franklin police employees; and a public question-and-answer session.