Former Nashville Police Chief Emmett Turner, who later served in Gov. Phil Bredesen’s administration, recently began working as commission outreach coordinator for the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission.
“We’re very excited about chief Turner being with us now,” said Veronica Frazier, executive director of Metro Beautification. “He’s going to be talking to our neighborhood groups, which is great. They already know him. He knows so many folks.”
According to Metro Human Resources, Turner started the job Jan. 24.
A division of Metro since 1975, Metro Beautification works to make Nashville “clean, safe and attractive,” according to Metro’s website. Metro Beautification, which is part of the Metro Public Works Department, seeks to coordinate the efforts of volunteers, city departments, businesses and community groups to encourage environmental and beautification initiatives, the website says.
Turner headed the Metro Nashville Police Department from 1996 through 2003, serving prior to the arrival of recently departed chief Ronal Serpas. Turner later became Bredesen’s assistant commissioner for fire prevention.
“We have so many volunteers that [Metro Beautification] works with — neighborhood groups and neighborhood associations throughout the county,” Frazier said. “[Turner] will keep them abreast on how we can support their volunteer clean-up efforts with beautification projects.
“Our commissioners are very excited that he’s on board,” she said. “He’s somebody with lots of experience and knowledge of different groups in this city.”
Frazier said Turner is earning $15 an hour with the new position.