Police Chief Fred Fletcher Wednesday made his picks for top leadership, releasing the names of 15 newly promoted individuals from within the Chattanooga Police Department. This announcement comes several weeks after Chief Fletcher was appointed.
“I am honored to announce today’s promotions," said Chief Fletcher. "Together these individuals have served our community for a total of 200 years, illustrating their experience, commitment and pride in being a Chattanooga police officer.
Chief Fletcher went on to add that leadership begins at the top, stating, “I believe we have placed the right officers in the right positions to carry our police force to the next level.”
“This is an exceptional team,” said Mayor Andy Berke of the new leadership. “There is no doubt these dedicated men and women will provide the leadership necessary to make our streets safer and serve our community.”
• New Assistant Chiefs: Captain Tracy Arnold, Captain Eric Tucker, Captain Danna Vaughn
• New Captains: Lt. Corliss Cooper, Lt. Kim Noorbergen, Lt. Tommy Wood
• New Lieutenants: Sgt. Craig Joel, Sgt. Adrian (David) Gibb, Sgt. Tammy Cook
• New Sergeants: Officer Joshua May, Officer Michael Ortel, Officer John Luquer, Officer James Tate, Officer William (Billy) Atwell, Officer Reginald Parks
In June the IACP released a six month strategic review of the CPD to evaluate and determine best practices. This strategic review has aided leadership at the CPD, providing focus on areas in need of improvement within the department and strengthening opportunities, said officials.