Chattanooga City Council ratifies David Roddy as police chief

Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod raises more questions about mayor's pick

David Roddy smiles after a news conference announcing his selection for Chattanooga chief of police at the Police Services Center on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Chief Roddy served as assistant police chief under Chief Fred Fletcher.

UPDATE: The City Council ratified David Roddy as Chattanooga's new police chief on and 8-1 vote, with Russell Gilbert opposing.


ORIGINAL STORY: For the second week in a row, Chattanooga City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod has raised questions about David Roddy, Mayor Andy Berke's choice as police chief.

The city council votes tonight whether to ratify Roddy, one of three finalists out of 49 applicants who applied to follow Fred Fletcher, who resigned as Chattanooga's chief of police at the end of his contract in early July. Roddy, who served with the department for over two decades, now serves as its acting police chief.

At Monday's council afternoon agenda meeting, she cited "a disturbing phone call" from an unnamed person involving Roddy's connection to Mike Williams -a former Chattanooga police officer who now serves as the chief of police for Signal Mountain - "and his relationship to previous background in the case of Wadie Suttles."