Chief Anderson announces appointment of two additional Deputy Chiefs

(l-r) John Drake and Mike Hagar

(l-r) John Drake and Mike Hagar

Chief Steve Anderson this week announced a significant restructuring of the MNPD effective July 1 that is designed to increase the department’s effectiveness in the months and years ahead as Nashville continues to grow.

Two new bureaus, Support Services and Executive Services, are being added to the existing three, and two new deputy chiefs, John Drake and Mike Hagar, are being appointed.

Drake, 52, presently the commander of the Central Precinct, is a 29-year MNPD veteran who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bethel University. As a captain, Drake headed the police department’s Dome-stic Violence Division and worked as a Field Superv-isor. As a lieutenant, he headed Hermitage Precinct Investigations.

Hagar, 49, presently the captain over the Strategic Development Division, is a 27-year MNPD veteran who holds a bachelor’s degree from MTSU and a law degree from Nashville School of Law. As a captain, Hagar was also a Field Supervisor, Director of Training, and head of Forensic Services.

“The two new bureaus will streamline the span of control of our deputy chiefs and will allow each of them to more narrowly focus on their individual components as we work to enhance safety throughout Nashville’s neighborhoods,”Chief Anderson said. “Comm-ander Drake and Captain Hagar have extensive experience throughout the department and will complement the leadership of present Deputy Chiefs Brian Johnson, Todd Henry and Damian Huggins.”

Drake will oversee the Support Services Bureau, to be made up of components that are presently spread among the three existing bureaus. Among the components that will report to Drake are the Special Operations Division (Aviation, Canine, Traffic, Emergency Contingency, SWAT & Negotiators, School Crossing Guards), Warrants Division, Parks Police Division, Custom Services Division (Special Events, Secondary Employment, MDHA Task Force, School Resources Coordinator, Field Training Officer Coordinator), Mounted Unit, and the Facilities Management Division (Property & Evidence, Fleet Management, Safety & Inspections, and Supply).

Hagar will oversee the Executive Services Bureau, to be made up of the Strategic Development, Accreditation, and Crime Analysis components.

The restructured bureau that will include all eight precincts will be known as the Community Services Bureau effective July 1.
As part of the restructuring, Chief Anderson also announced several component leadership changes.

Captain Gordon Howey, who presently oversees the Youth Services Division, will become commander of the Central Precinct. Howey, a 31-year MNPD veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University.

Captain Dhana Jones, who presently oversees the Special Operations Division, will direct Youth Services. Jones, a 24-year MNPD veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree from Cumberland University.
Captain Ken Walburn, presently the Executive Officer in the Field Operations Bureau, will oversee the Special Operations Division. Walburn, a 17-year MNPD veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwood University.

Captain Jason Starling, who presently oversees the Records Division, will become the Executive Officer for the Community Services Bureau. Starling, a 19-year MNPD veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.

Captain Greg Blair, who is presently a Field Supervisor, will direct operations of the Records Division. Blair, a 19-year MNPD veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University.

Captain Chris Gilder, who is presently a Field Supervisor, will oversee the Strategic Development Division. Gilder, a 15-year MNPD veteran, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from the Nashville School of Law.

Chief Anderson is announcing the promotion of several persons to new leadership roles in the MNPD effective July 1:
Lieutenant Tommy Wid-ener, a 17-year MNPD veteran who is presently assigned to the Domestic Violence Division, will become a captain and Field Supervisor. Widener holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University and a master’s degree from Cumberland University.

Lieutenant Daniel Newbern, a 17-year MNPD veteran who is presently assigned to North Precinct Investigations, will become a captain and Field Supervisor. Newbern holds a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College, a Master’s Degree from Mountain State University, and a law degree from Nashville School of Law.

Sergeant Viviyonne Lee, a 16-year MNPD veteran who is presently assigned to the Domestic Violence Division, is being promoted to lieutenant (new assignment pending). Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from MTSU and a master’s degree from TSU.

Sergeant John Farrell, a 21-year MNPD veteran who is presently assigned to the Office of Professional Accountability, is being promoted to lieutenant (new assignment pending). Farrell holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University.

Sergeant Greg Davis, a 19-year MNPD veteran who is presently assigned to Hermitage Precinct Investig-ations, is being promoted to lieutenant (new assignment pending). Davis holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis.