Chief of Police

Nashville, TN
The College System of Tennessee

Administers law enforcement program activities by formulating policies and providing sound leadership and management for campus policing, security and safety within institutions of higher education. The position supervises sworn, noncommissioned security officers and civilian staff, providing 24-hour administrative coverage of all incidents and activities that occur on all campuses associated with the College, as well as TCATs Nashville and Dickson.

Implements and supervises the establishment of department office procedures, including the preparation and maintenance of correspondence, records and reports necessary to provide an efficient and effective operation. Provides protection, safety and security for all campuses, as well as faculty, staff, students and visitors. Establishes a department work schedule to support a continuous 24/7 operation, providing 24-hour on-call coverage of all serious incidents that occur on campuses and in patrol area.

Develops programs to provide reasonable safety and security for students, faculty, staff and the general public on college property. Implements programs to promote building and property security. Determines the need for and oversees the requisition, inventory and maintenance of equipment, vehicles, ammunition, firearms, office supplies and other relevant items. Prepares and submits annual budget requests. Plans, coordinates and supervises the daily activities and operations for police and security services, including the detection, investigation and deterrence of crimes. Directs and manages the hiring process for the department. Supervises and evaluates department staff. Assesses the need for staff development and training. Identifies training opportunities and schedules training as appropriate.

Investigates accidents, thefts break-in incidents and other crimes. Makes or directs appropriate arrests/citations when crime occurs. Ensure activities are carried out in a positive and professional manner. Ensures that all incidents and arrest activities are properly documented and that all arrests are conducted in accordance with applicable laws and police procedures. Reports incidents to appropriate College authorities as necessary.


  • Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field
  • Eight years’ progressively responsible law enforcement experience
  • Five years’ management/supervisory experience
  • Current Certification by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission
  • Understanding of law enforcement theory, principles and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques used to provide a full range of law enforcement and crime prevention services and activities, including investigation, patrol, traffic control, records management and care and custody of persons or property
  • Possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license. Out of state applicants must obtain a Tennessee driver’s license within thirty (30) days of hire
  • Completion of FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS) Introductory Courses IS-700 and IS-800 within twelve (12) months of hire
  • Pass a thorough background investigation, including a favorable criminal background report and motor vehicle record. Must never have been convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude
  • Pass a medical examination/drug screening and a psychological evaluation


  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field
  • Working knowledge of Title IX as it relates to law enforcement, the Clery Act and other federal and state campus safety rules and regulations
  • Experience working in a campus safety and security environment, as well as knowledge of situations that are unique to college students, events and functions
  • Experience in emergency management and safety preparedness in a higher education environment
  • Graduation from executive leadership programs such as the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police and Staff Command or similar program
  • Established relationships with local law enforcement agencies