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APPLY TO BE KNOXVILLE'S NEXT CHIEF
January 25, 2022, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) posted the official job description and application process for the next KPD Police Chief.
www.PoliceForum.org/Knoxville-Chief

This job posting will remain open through February 20, 2022.


PUBLIC INPUT
With support from City staff, as well as outside facilitators, Mayor Kincannon continues to gather input concerning the search for Knoxville’s next police chief.

All input received will help inform Mayor Kincannon as she evaluates applicants to identify those who best meet the needs and priorities of Knoxville.  

Input gathered to-date (January 25, 2022) has been compiled into a summary found here.

This reflects input received to-date, and may be updated periodically to reflect additional themes or areas of perspective not previously captured. 

Feedback can still be emailed to ChiefSearch@knoxvilletn.gov through the end of January.


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

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the City County Building - Small Assembly Room located at 400 Main Street
JANUARY 10 LOCATION CHANGED TO YWCA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center located at 124 S. Cruze Street.
  5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the City of Knoxville Public Works Service Center located at 3131 Morris Avenue
JANUARY 11 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Knoxville Community Center located at 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.


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]