Graysville, Tenn., chooses Erik Redden as interim police chief

Graysville, Tenn., chooses Erik Redden as interim police chief

May 26th, 2012 by Kimberly McMillian in News

Erik Redden

IF YOU GO

What: Graysville Board of Mayor and Commissioners meeting

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14

Where: Graysville Municipal building, 151 Mill Road, Graysville, Tenn.

Information: Call 423-775-4802

GRAYSVILLE, Tenn. -- For Lt. Erik Redden, Graysville's interim police chief, ridding the city of two methamphetamine labs in two weeks is a fight he plans to continue.

Redden, who's serving a 60-day trial period as chief, said he has "learned something every day" and plans "to get meth off the streets" if he's appointed as full-time police chief this summer.

In April, former Chief Thomas Mahoney resigned after serving the city for nearly four years to accept a position at the Soddy-Daisy Police Department, Graysville Mayor Ted Doss said.

Doss said Mahoney had an ongoing struggle with his health.

"His blood pressure was getting a little high," he said.

After Mahoney's sudden resignation, the Graysville Board of Mayor and Commissioners asked Redden to step in as the interim and possible replacement, he said.

"I was next in line," said Redden, who has worked with the department since 2009.

Doss said the board hasn't officially decided to name Redden as full-time police chief but members plan to discuss it at their June meeting.

In other law enforcement news, "everybody's slowing down" since speed enforcement radar devices were placed at Long Street, Pikeville Avenue and Dayton Avenue, Doss said.

The devices, bought from B&W Sensors in St. Louis, take photos of vehicles and license tags, and the certified officers patrolling those areas will "overnight [the results] to the company," Doss said.

Each citation will cost the traffic violator $50, and that money will be divided equally between Graysville and B&W, he said.