Several Nashville officials are disappointment that no local candidates were among the three finalists selected in the search for the city’s next police chief, reports The Tennessean. “I think that it’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to promote somebody through the ranks at this point,” said Metro Councilman-at-large David Briley.
After two days of interviews, a citizens’ committee Saturday named as finalists Chattanooga Police Chief Jimmie Dotson, Waco Police Chief Alberto Melis and Washington State Patrol head Ronal W. Serpas. Three local candidates – Acting Chief Deb Faulkner and Assistant Chiefs Valerie Meece and Judy Bawcum – did not make the cut. A seventh candidate, Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Ronald Miller, also was interviewed.
Mayor Bill Purcell has said he will choose Nashville’s next chief from the finalists chosen by the committee, which he appointed. Former Chief Emmett Turner retired April 1 to become the state’s assistant commissioner of fire prevention.