Metro police commander set to retire following 33-year career

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 1:39pm

Metro police Commander Robert Nash, the 33-year police veteran who oversees the department’s East Precinct, will retire at the end of June.

Police Chief Steve Anderson tapped Capt. David Imhof to succeed Nash on July 1 after Nash informed Anderson in May of his decision to retire.

“Bob has served this community extremely well over the past three decades, as a patrol officer and supervisor, Sex Crimes Unit lieutenant, Strategic Development Division captain, and, for the past five years, as the East Precinct commander,” Anderson said in a statement. “I am grateful for his leadership, professionalism and friendship.”

Imhof, 44, is an 18-year Metro police veteran and currently heads the department’s Criminal Investigations Division. He has worked as a patrol officer, a child sex abuse detective, a supervisor in the Central and South precincts, a field supervising captain and as head of the CID, which includes the Cold Case/Homicide, Sex Crimes, Fraud and Auto Theft units.

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed Imhof last year to serve on Tennessee’s Second Look Commission, which explores how to strengthen investigation of and the prosecution of child abuse as well as the protection of child victims.

Imhof will spend time with Nash over the next few weeks to ease the transition, police said.