Memphis may be seeking a new police director to replace Larry Godwin, who is scheduled to retire in April, says the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Godwin, 59, likely will end a Memphis law enforcement career that spans nearly four decades. He will get an annual pension of about $93,510. Memphis Chief Administrative Officer George Little said the city is laying the groundwork for the transition, although it is possible that Godwin could be rehired after his formal retirement.
The police are the city's largest division in budget and number of employees. Godwin has had acclaim for using technology to fight crime. He started the department's Operation Blue CRUSH (Crime Reduction Using Statistical History) initiative, a data-driven police deployment strategy that places officers in areas where statistics say crime is most likely to happen. Godwin was also the driving force behind the creation of the Real Time Crime Center, a centralized technology hub that provides officers in the field with instant and comprehensive crime information.