Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher names new police leadership team

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher names new police leadership team

July 24th, 2014 by Shelly Bradbury in Local Regional News

Fred Fletcher

Fred Fletcher

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New assistant chiefs: Capt. Tracy Arnold, Capt. Eric Tucker, Capt. Danna Vaughn

New captains: Lt. Corliss Cooper, Lt. Kim Noorbergen, Lt. Tommy Wood

New lieutenants: Sgt. Craig Joel, Sgt. Adrian "David" Gibb, Sgt. Tammy Cook

New Sergeants: Officer Joshua May, Officer Michael Ortel, Officer John Luquer, Officer James Tate, Officer William "Billy" Atwell, Officer Reginald Parks

Source: Chattanooga Police Departmentv

Chattanooga's police department has a handful of new leaders.

New Chief Fred Fletcher named Capt. Danna Vaughn, Capt. Tracy Arnold and Capt. Eric Tucker as his three new assistant chiefs Tuesday. The three join Assistant Chief David Roddy in the command staff - Fletcher appointed Roddy as chief of staff on July 9.

All three new assistant chiefs are longtime police department veterans who will be responsible for heading the major sections of the department. Arnold will head the department's investigations division, Vaughn will oversee special operations and Tucker will head the patrol division.

Assistant Chief Stan Maffett, who served as the city's interim police chief after Chief Bobby Dodd retired at the end of 2013, will continue as the head of the administration and support division.

Fletcher expects those divisions and titles to change in the coming months, however, as he re-evaluates how the department is organized. He said that the trio stood out because of their vast and varied experience, as well as because of their deep roots in Chattanooga.

"Cumulatively they've worked everywhere in the department," he said. "They have a very diverse background, and bring a depth of experience that is hard to equal as a team."

With the promotion, Vaughn has jumped from lieutenant to captain to assistant chief within eight months. She was promoted to captain in December 2013. Tucker was promoted to captain in February 2013. Arnold was promoted to captain in 2005.

Fletcher said that even the captains he didn't choose to promote were qualified to fill the assistant chief positions.

"I couldn't have made a wrong choice," he said. "I always try to pick the right team for this point in our history. We're trying to not to think only of our immediate needs but five or 10 years down the road."

Fletcher also promoted three new captains, three new lieutenants and six new sergeants. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said in a release that he is confident the new leaders will do a good job.

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