Nashville, TN

Chief of Police


Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County

Chief of Police

A national search is underway to attract a highly qualified candidate to lead the Metropolitan Police Department of Nashville & Davidson County. Nashville is the 22nd most populous city in the United States, with 690,000 residents. Nashville’s vibrant economy, its rich cultural life, its friendly residents and appealing neighborhoods, and a willingness to come together to invest in the city’s future have made Nashville one of the nation’s fastest growing cities and a major tourist destination, one that attracted 16 million visitors last year. Nashville P.D. has 1859 people, 1,511 of whom are authorized officers and 348 are authorized civilians, with an annual budget of $218 million. The department operates eight precincts and covers an area of 526 square miles. It is directed by a Chief of Police, a civil service position. The previous Chief of Police served for nearly 10 years before his retirement in August. He and his predecessors made the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) into an agency with a strong reputation among police professionals, as reflected by its CALEA Gold Standard certification.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and ten (10) years of experience in law enforcement, including three (3) years of upper-level management experience in Law Enforcement. The selected candidate is, or will become, P.O.S.T. Commission Certified and is required to successfully complete all Tennessee, Basic Law Enforcement Training requirements within 6 months of hire date. The salary range for this civil service position $135,238 – $270,477 annually, with placement within the range depending on qualifications, salary history and accomplishments. Compensation will be augmented by an excellent benefits package.

Applicants must complete an online application at: Resumes may be attached but will not be accepted in lieu of the online application. Nashville Metro is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. Requests for ADA accommodation for the recruitment process should be directed to Human Resources at (615) 862-6640. Confidential inquiries can be made to Chief Gary Peterson (ret.) from Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc. at (916) 622-5323 or

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