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4-7-17 Police Chief Fred Fletcher Announces Retirement

Fred Fletcher was sworn in as Chief of Police for the Chattanooga Police Department on June 11, 2014, after an extensive national search that netted 77 applicants from 25 states.

"Serving the brave and selfless men and women of your Chattanooga Police Department as they protect our community has been the absolute highlight of my professional career," said Chief Fred Fletcher. "I have learned a great deal from your police officers and from our Department. I have learned how to be a better cop, a better leader, and a better person."

During his time in Chattanooga, Fletcher led a comprehensive reorganization of the police department to highlight and elevate internal talent as well as created the department's first unit dedicated to providing services to victims of violence. In addition Fletcher prioritized Community Policing strategies to build trust and strengthen relationships throughout the community.

"From day one, I knew Fred Fletcher would be a great police chief. I also knew Fred and his wife Paige would be great members of our community," said Mayor Andy Berke. "Fred has stood with Chattanooga during some of our darkest days and I say from personal experience, his ability to lead our officers during a crisis situation knows no equal. While I'll be sad to see him retire, I am grateful for his hard work, commitment, and relentless drive to keep our citizens safe. Fred has assembled an expert leadership team made up of talented, professional, and dedicated officers, and I am confident in their ability to continue to move the Chattanooga Police Department in the right direction."

Over the last three years, Fletcher has led the department during some of the most challenging times in recent Chattanooga history. In June of 2015, Chattanooga police led the rescue effort following a nine-vehicle crash on 1-75 that killed six people, two of them children. Less than a month later, Chattanooga and CPD officers faced the July 16, 2015 domestic terror attack. In November of last year, Chattanooga police officers worked with Chattanooga Fire Department to rescue students after the Woodmore school bus tragedy.

"I appreciate the time and hard work Chief Fletcher has put in these past three years and he has done just a great job," said Chattanooga City Councilman and Chair of Public Safety Committee, Chip Henderson. "Police technology has come light years ahead under his command. He's not a guy who sits behind his desk, but he's out in the community and really showing his officers that real relationships are built when you step out of your car and talk with the people you serve. On top of that, he really has used the expertise within the police department, identifying talent and cultivating the ideas of officers by putting them into policy and everyday practice."

Per Chattanooga City Code, the Mayor will reappoint Fletcher, offering his name for confirmation by the incoming City Council on April 18, 2017. Over the coming weeks, a transition plan will be developed that will include the process for selecting the next Chief of Police. Fletcher will continue to serve as Chief until his contract ends on July 6, 2017.


Finance and Administration
101 East 11th Street Suite 101
Chattanooga, TN 37402(map)

Vickie Haley
Interim Administrator/City Finance Officer
(423) 643-7370

Deputy Administrator
(423) 643-7370

Brian Smart, CPA, CGFM
Operations Manager

(423) 643-7390

Fredia Forshee, CPA, CGFM
Director of Management & Budget Analysis

(423) 643-7380

Photo by Billy Weeks