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Chief Drake Announces a Realignment of MNPD Leadership with the Appointment of New Deputy Chiefs and Commanders

12/15/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief John Drake today announced a realignment of MNPD leadership with the appointment of three new deputy chiefs and three new commanders effective Wednesday.

The three new deputy chiefs are:

Commander Sebastian Gourdin
Commander Sebastian Gourdin

Sebastian Gourdin, commander of the Madison Precinct, who will lead the department’s Support Services Bureau, consisting of Special Events, Aviation, Traffic, Canine, School Resource Officers, Hazardous Devices Unit, Mounted Patrol, Secondary Employment Unit, Warrants, Facilities Management, and Safety & Inspections. Gourdin is a 20-year MNPD veteran who holds a Bachelor's Degree from Campbell University. He succeeds Damian Huggins, who will be a captain in the Field Supervisor Section.

Commander Dwayne Greene
Commander Dwayne Greene

Dwayne Greene, commander of the Midtown Hills Precinct, who will lead the Community Services Bureau, consisting of the officers and detectives assigned to the department’s eight precincts. Greene is a 20-year MNPD veteran who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree from Cumberland University. He fills Chief Drake’s deputy chief position.

Captain Michelle Richter
Captain Michelle Richter

Michelle Richter, captain over the Domestic Violence Division, who will lead the department’s Investigative Services Bureau, consisting of, Homicide, Homicide-Cold Case, Domestic Violence, Youth Services, Gangs, Narcotics, Juvenile Crime Task Force, Auto Theft and Fraud. Richter is a 29-year MNPD veteran who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Winona State University and a Master’s Degree from Cumberland University. Richter succeeds retiring Deputy Chief Todd Henry.

The three new deputy chiefs join Chris Taylor, who was appointed Deputy Chief/Chief of Staff last week, current Deputy Chief Mike Hagar, who oversees the Executive Services Bureau, and current Deputy Chief Kay Lokey, who oversees the Administrative Services Bureau.

The three new commanders are:

Captain Greg Blair
Captain Greg Blair

Greg Blair, Director of Training, who will lead the Madison Precinct. Blair is a 22-year MNPD veteran and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Edinboro University.

Captain Scott Byrd
Captain Scott Byrd

Scott Byrd, Executive Officer in the Community Services Bureau, who will lead the Training Academy as a commander. Byrd is a 20-year MNPD veteran and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Cumberland University.

Captain Tommy  Widener
Captain Tommy Widener

Tommy Widener, Youth Services captain, who will lead the Midtown Hills Precinct. Widener is a 20-year MNPD veteran and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University and a Master’s Degree from Cumberland University.

“The six persons appointed to new leadership roles effective tomorrow have demonstrated their strong commitment to this city and will work with our entire team to engage Nashvillians at the neighborhood level to enhance safety and improve quality of life,” Chief Drake said. “Simply put, I know they will do a lot of good things.”

Captain Josh Blaisdell
Captain Josh Blaisdell

Chief Drake also announced that Captain Josh Blaisdell, will transfer from the Field Supervisor Section to lead the Domestic Violence Division effective Wednesday.

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