Nashville’s next police chief will come from within the department, and it appears the familiar name of interim Chief Steve Anderson could be high on the list.
Shortly after Metro announced a search for an internal candidate with the Metro Nashville Police Department, Anderson said in a statement that he has changed his mind since saying in May he was not interested in the permanent chief position.
“After much thought and reflection, I have decided to apply for the position of Chief of Police,” Anderson says in the statement.
The “promotional announcement,” released early Thursday afternoon, states the Metro Human Resources Department will accept applications through noon Thursday, Dec. 23, with interviews to be conducted that afternoon. Only applicants from within the Metro Police Department will be considered.
According to the posting, the job of Nashville’s top cop will pay between $114,993 and $230,676 a year, and requires a bachelor’s degree, 10 years of law enforcement experience and five years of management-level experience.
In a statement, Mayor Karl Dean said his experience in working with the police department’s upper-level management as mayor and as a former Metro director of law led him to focus on the department for the city’s next police chief.
"These persons have devoted their lives and professional careers to Nashville and the safety of our citizens,” Dean said in the statement. “There is no reason why our city’s next Chief of Police should not come from within the Metropolitan Police Department.”
Sgt. Robert Weaver, president of the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police, said, “Clearly, it says the mayor is confident he has people who know the city and know the issues facing this police department and are going to be able to lead this police department for the near future.”
Weaver said the police department has plenty of “seasoned” personnel with different leadership experience who know how the department functions.
“When you go outside of the department, it could tend to leave a feeling of ‘What are we not doing right that we aren’t training our own leaders from within the department for succession?’”
The job opening is viewable on the Metro Human Resources website under promotional opportunities, and the police department is posting the position throughout its ranks.
The official posting states the interview carries 100 percent of the exam weight.
Asked who would serve on the panel to interview police chief applicants, Dean spokeswoman Janel Lacy said human resources would oversee the process.