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Police Chief

Eve M. Thomas
(865) 215-7000

800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915

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KPD FACT SHEETS
    Click below to see the individual poster boards that provide background information on KPD.
    Overview [PDF]
    Department Staffing [PDF]
    Call Frequency [PDF]
    Most Common Call [PDF]
    Department Demographics [PDF]
     
The City of Knoxville is holding five community listening sessions to gather input to help guide the search for the next KPD Chief. 

Residents are invited to stop by one of five drop-in style meetings to ask questions and submit their concerns. Staff will be on hand to take your feedback. If you are unable to make one of these sessions, comments can be sent to ChiefSearch@knoxvilletn.gov.

The open house style meetings will be held on the following dates and locations: 


COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSIONS
 
JANUARY 7 CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail


3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
City County Building - Small Assembly Room, 400 Main Street
   
JANUARY 10 LOCATION CHANGED
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, at 124 S. Cruze Street.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
City of Knoxville Public Works Service Center, 3131 Morris Avenue
   
JANUARY 11 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike
 
ANTICIPATED SEARCH TIMELINE
(All dates subject to change)
 
JANUARY 11 Council review/approval of contract with PERF*
   
JANUARY 12 PERF begins preparing job description
   
END OF JANUARY Target date for public posting of job description (applications will be accepted for a minimum of 3 weeks)
   
LATE FEB-APRIL Mayor review & evaluation of candidates
   
EARLY MAY Target date for announcing the new Police Chief
 
* POLICE SEARCH PROCESS
 
The City of Knoxville proposed a contract with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to facilitate a national executive search for the new Police Chief. City Council authorized this contract at the January 11, 2022 City Council meeting.

PERF is a Washington, D.C.-based police research organization and membership association of police professionals. PERF has supported more than 100 police executive searches and provided cities with a highly qualified, diverse, national candidate pool from which to select a new top executive. More broadly, PERF does extensive work on critical issues facing the policing profession, including research, technical assistance, and training on use of force, building police-community trust, responding to individuals with a mental illness, violent crime reduction, police use of technology, the opioid epidemic and more.