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Front Page - Friday, October 13, 2017

Police chief announces changes to executive staff




Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy

Police Chief David Roddy has made additions and changes to the Chattanooga Police Department’s executive staff. All five chiefs ?of the CPD’s executive staff a?re long-time department veterans with two decades or more experience each.

Former ?Assistant Chief Eric Tucker will serve as deputy chief. Edwin McPherson will remain as assistant chief of investigations. Former Assistant Chief Danna Vaughn will serve as assistant chief of department and community services, former Captain Jason Irvin will serve as assistant chief of special operations and former Captain Glenn Scruggs will serve as assistant chief of neighborhood policing.

Irvin and Scruggs are the only two new names on the CPD’s executive staff.

“I’ve worked with each of these officers and witnessed their dedication and selfless service to our community,” Roddy says. “Together, they have over 125 years of law enforcement experience and lifetimes of relationships built in our city. It is my honor to work with them day-to-day as we continue to keep our community safe.”

Tucker is a 27-year veteran of the department. As deputy chief, the second highest rank in the CPD, he will report to Roddy, serve as the commanding officer of the major bureaus of the department and assume the duties of the chief of police in Roddy’s absence.

McPherson is a 25-year veteran of the department. He will remain in his existing role as assistant chief of investigations. This bureau includes supervision of the Focused Deterrence, Organized Crime, Violent Crime, Property Crime and Special Victims Units.

McPherson will continue to oversee task force and criminal intelligence officers who work in conjunction with CPD’s federal, state and local law enforcement partners.

Vaughn is a 23-year veteran of the department. As assistant chief of the department and community services bureau, she will oversee Victim Services, the Volunteer Chaplains Corps, Community Outreach, Peer Support, Employee Groups and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.

Scruggs is also a 23-year veteran of the department. Neighborhood policing is the largest CPD bureau, with more than 200 patrol officers citywide answering 911 calls. Neighborhood policing also works with community members, neighborhood associations and local organizations to create solutions to problems that lead to crime.

Irvin is a 20-year veteran of the department. As assistant chief of the special operations bureau, he will oversee Technical Services, Support Services, Training Division, Traffic Unit and Tactical Operations, which includes K9, SWAT and EOD.

All appointments were effective Oct. 6.

Source: CPD