Retired Chattanooga police chief joins Hamilton County mayor’s office

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga police chief David Roddy speaks at the Chattanooga Police Service Center on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Retired Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy is joining the staff of Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp as a special advisor to the mayor and his chief of staff, Claire McVay.

According to a Thursday news release by the mayor's office, Roddy's immediate focus will be evaluating the county's organizational structure and identifying "opportunities for increased efficiency across county general government."

Roddy is a resident of Signal Mountain, a graduate of Tyner Academy and spent 26 years with the Chattanooga Police Department, the last four of those as chief of police. After retiring, he joined USA Today Network Ventures as senior director of safety and risk management.

"I had the honor of serving my hometown for twenty-six years as a law enforcement officer, and Mayor Wamp has offered me the opportunity to serve my community again," Roddy said in the release. "I look forward to this new role and to engage with the outstanding men and women that serve the citizens of our county and how we will support them as a efficient and effective team for Hamilton County."

Wamp said Roddy is one of the community's most respected public servants.

"His leadership ability and operational expertise will bolster my office's efforts to lead county government into the future," he said in the release.

-- Compiled by David Floyd