Deputy Chief of Police William “Todd” Henry
Todd Henry began his career with the Metropolitan
Nashville, Tennessee Police Department in 1991, working as a patrol officer in
the West Sector for four years, and then working undercover street drugs in the
Crime Suppression Unit for one year.
Todd was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and helped develop, and supervise,
the agency’s Crime Gun Unit. In 2001 he was promoted to Lieutenant and took on
additional duties which included the Crisis Negotiator Team Field Commander.
In 2002 Todd was selected to attend Northwestern University’s Center
for Public Safety’s which is a ten-week School of Police Staff and Command. Upon
his graduation in September 2002, he was transferred to the Intelligence
Division. Todd is a former regional
board member and past President of the Alumni Advisory Board for Northwestern
University’s Center for Public Safety.
Todd was promoted to Captain on January 1, 2004 and was task with
combining the Intelligence and Vice Divisions into the Specialized Investigations Division
(SID) in May 2004. The SID includes
various units such as narcotics, gangs, prostitution, gambling, gun crimes,
hate crimes, terrorism, and dignitary protection.
In July of 2006 Todd attended the Police Executive Research
Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, an intensive three week course
hosted by Boston University and staffed by instructors from Harvard’s John F.
Kennedy School of Government.
In the summer of 2009 Todd attended the International
Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organizations
three week training program.
On July 1, 2009 Todd was appointed as Commander of the
Hermitage Police Precinct. Hermitage
Precinct covers over 120 square miles and has over 160
officers/detectives/staff to provide service to over 120,000 Davidson County
residents. Hermitage Precinct has over
100 community groups, 2 lakes (Old Hickory and Percy Priest) with adjoining
recreation areas and Opry Mills Mall. As
Commander of Hermitage Precinct Todd managed the intensive recovery from the
2010 flood for that area.
On October 16, 2010 Todd was promoted to Deputy Chief of
Police and assigned to head the Administrative Services Bureau which includes
the Training, Human Resources, Background & Recruitment, Safety &
Inspections, Information & Technology, Records, Fleet & Inventory
Management, and Property & Evidence Divisions. On January 16, 2014 Todd transferred command
to the Investigative Services Bureau which is composed of the Domestic
Violence, Youth Services, Warrants, Specialized Investigations, and Criminal
In 2014 Todd attended the FBI’s National Executive
Institute, or NEI. It is the FBI’s
premier executive training initiative. NEI has provided leadership development
for Bureau executives the chief executives of the largest law enforcement
organizations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. The focus of the training is strategic
leadership development and current affairs.
Todd graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with
a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1989, he teaches
Leadership and Management for the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement
Innovation Center, speaks nationwide on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) on Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). Todd is a member of the
Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of
Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the FBI NEI Alumni
In 2017 Todd was a member of the forth cohort of the IACP
Major City Chief’s Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI). PELI is a leadership program specifically to
develop future police chiefs and sheriffs.
Class members get a chance to gain exposure to leadership concepts and
ideas important to successful chief executive officers. Class members also interact and learn from
experienced MCAA police executives in the classroom and as mentors.
Todd is a member and sits on the board of directors of the
Nashville Downtown Rotary Club, is an alumnus of Leadership Nashville (2007)
and Leadership Music (2017), is on the steering committee of Nashville Health (founded
by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist to harness the force of
community-wide collaboration and improve Nashville’s health outcomes), on the
Executive Committee of the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts, the advisory
board for Dismas House and was a founding member of Friends of Two Rivers
Mansion. Todd is a member of Old Hickory Masonic Lodge #598 as well as the York
and Scottish Rite Masonic bodies.