Chattanooga Police Department Teams With Community Leaders To Change Hiring And Promotion Of Police Officers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Chattanooga Police Department held its first meeting on Tuesday to implement Chief Fred Fletcher’s new RESTART initiative, a community-based working group to assist with the reform of processes regarding how officers are recruited, selected and promoted.  RESTART will also provide continued oversight and guidance once the reforms are in place.

“RESTART will help us build a diverse workforce while ensuring we retain the talented officers who are currently serving Chattanooga,” said Chief Fletcher. “Community input is vital to the success of this initiative and I am proud to have leaders from all over our city participating.”

RESTART’s mission is to provide fair and equitable processes that assist the Chattanooga Police Department to:

  • Recruit a diverse workforce that represents the community
  • Engage the community and employment base
  • Select future officers
  • Transfer officers between lateral assignments
  • Advance current officers through promotions
  • Retain those currently employed through a team approach

The working group is comprised of the following community members and CPD employees:

Chris Ramsey                                      Blue Cross Blue Shield

Everlena Holmes                                 Community/Neighborhood Representative

Stacy Johnson                                      La Paz 

Gladys Pineda-Loher                           Chattanooga State

James Mapp                                        NAACP

Warren Logan, Jr.                               Urban League

Shea Jefferson                                     City of Chattanooga Human Resources

James McKissic                                   Office of Multicultural Affairs

Mike Williams                                     Chattanooga Police - Retired D/C

Sgt. Derrick Stewart                            Chattanooga Police Department

Sgt. Danny Jones                                 Chattanooga Police Department

Officer Michael Newton                     Chattanooga Police Department

Assistant Chief Danna Vaughn            Chattanooga Police Department

Officer Rob Simmons                          Chattanooga Police (IBPO)

Officer Sean O'Brien                          Chattanooga Police (FOP)

Officer Iran Meadows                        Chattanooga Police (NBPOA)

Kyle Miller                                          Chattanooga Police Department

LT. Bakari Welles                                Chattanooga Police Department

Captain Kim Noorbergen                    Chattanooga Police Department

Officer Moreland Wilson                    Chattanooga Police Department

“Rock City Lodge #22 of the Fraternal Order of Police is both humbled and enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in RESTART” said FOP RC#22-President Sean O’Brien. “Engaging employees in establishment of ‘best practices’ and empowering them to help shape the future of the Chattanooga Police Department is certain to propel the evolution started by Chief Fletcher and his staff.”

“The diverse population in Chattanooga has undergone a significant evolution over the years,” said Gladys Pineda-Loher, director of International Community Outreach for Chattanooga State Community College. “Being a part of RESTART will contribute to multiple community wide collaborations and help to ensure CPD’s workforce reflects Chattanooga’s cultural diversity.”

During Tuesday’s inaugural meeting, Chief Fletcher stressed the importance of this initiative for the Chattanooga Police Department and outlined goals of the committee participants, stating the priorities for RESTART are to “develop fair and equitable processes for external recruitment and hiring as well as internal transfers and promotions.” 

Chief Fletcher went on to discuss the importance of mentors and  the coaching for newly hired officers, stating he was confident RESTART could help CPD find ways to successfully “coach our department back into community engagement, as well as functioning as a cohesive team.”

The RESTART working group is scheduled to meet monthly and is expected to have initial findings to report by March 31, 2015.


Chattanooga Police Department Celebrates 30 Years Of Seat Belt Enforcement During National "Click It Or Ticket" Mobilization

The Chattanooga Police Department  is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase seat belt enforcement through  June 5 , surrounding of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  “If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” said  ... (click for more)

CARTA’s Memorial Day Holiday Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day, CARTA’s fixed route, Downtown Shuttle and North Shore Shuttle bus services will operate on Saturday schedules on Monday.  The CARTA Care-a-van will also be operating on a holiday schedule.        Additional information on CARTA’s routes, schedules and services may be obtained by calling the CARTA Information Line at 423-629-1473, ... (click for more)

Settlement May Be Close In Government's $1.8 Billion Case Against Cleveland, Tn.-Based Life Care Centers Of America

A settlement may be close in the federal government's massive False Claims Act case against Cleveland, Tn.-based Life Care Centers of America. Attorneys have asked Chattanooga Federal Judge Sandy Mattice to put a 30-day hold on depositions, saying a settlement is in the works. Judge Mattice granted the motion. The government says claims in the case amount to $1.8 billion. ... (click for more)

Erlanger Projecting $15.2 Million Profit In Aggressive "Growth Budget"

Erlanger Health Systems is projecting a $15.2 million profit in an aggressive "growth budget" for the upcoming fiscal year. President Kevin Spiegel, who has led the public hospital to a succession of profitable years, said the projections are based on a TennCare waiver being renewed once again. He said if it is not renewed, then the hospital will have to completely rework the ... (click for more)

Late-Night Harassment By The Signal Mountain Police - And Response (9)

I am writing about the misconduct of the Signal Mountain Police Department. This is a repetitive civil rights problem, systemic within their department, with no hint of remorse or regret or a notion to change, though they have been confronted numerous times.   I live on Signal Mountain. In the last few months, I have been pulled over three times while I was driving three ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Hot Rod’s Catfish Dinner

It could well be the best part of playing a prank is in the delicious moments until your “fish” takes the hook. So yesterday afternoon, as I tried repeatedly to talk to a man I haven’t spoken to in 27 years, rather than leave my name I popped off the Happy Birthday song in a snappy, loud way and then ended it with a simple, “Call me,” adding my number. John “Hot Rod” Talley spent ... (click for more)