A five-person search committee has recommended three finalists for the chief of police position to Mayor Andy Berke.
From the 49 applications submitted for the position, the committee selected Acting Chief David Roddy, Assistant Chief Edwin McPherson and Capt. Todd Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The committee was tasked with narrowing the pool down to a top three.
“We feel like this has been an open, fair and deliberative process,” the committee members said in a joint statement, according to a news release. “We appreciate every applicant’s willingness to serve the city of Chattanooga and offer our congratulations to the three finalists. Each of them brings decades of experience and a thorough knowledge of law enforcement to the position. Any of them would make an incredible leader for the department.”
Berke will begin conducting final interviews with these individuals and make his selection to lead the department in the next two weeks.
Once the mayor makes his selection, the appointment will be added to the City Council agenda for their consideration per the City Charter.
Capt. Todd Chamberlain
Chamberlain has worked in law enforcement for more than 33 years in a wide variety of assignments, including patrol, gang enforcement, use of force investigations, counterterrorism and SWAT.
He has ascended within the ranks of the LAPD and now has more than 1,800 officers under his command.
During his tenure with the department, he has implemented several new programs, including operation ceasefire, a major incident response team and domestic violence intervention.
He currently serves as the homeless coordinator for the LAPD, where he has developed new systems, partnerships and protocols for serving the homeless population in Los Angeles.
Chamberlain has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Union Institute and University.
Assistant Chief Edwin McPherson
McPherson of the Chattanooga Police Department has 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He started with CPD in 1992 as a patrol officer and was promoted in 1995 to an investigator with the narcotics unit.
After five years, he was promoted to sergeant of the fugitive division, where he worked in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI and many others to apprehend suspects wanted for committing violent crimes.
From 2002 to 2006, he supervised several other units before being promoted to lieutenant of special investigations.
After serving as lieutenant for six years, he was promoted to captain of special investigations in 2012, supervising all activities of the special investigations and uniformed service patrol divisions.
In May 2016, McPherson was promoted to assistant chief of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, where he was commander of all criminal investigations. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bethel University and plans to graduate in May 2019.
Chief David Roddy
Deputy Chief of Police/Chief of Staff/Acting Chief David Roddy currently manages four assistant chiefs, eight captains and 19 lieutenants.
He has operational responsibility for all 486 sworn officers and 100 nonsworn employees of the department.
During his 23 years with the Chattanooga Police Department, he has worked his way up the ranks from patrol officer.
He has served as the captain over several divisions, including uniformed services and internal affairs.
In his current role, he has helped lead several of former Chief Fred Fletcher’s directives, including focusing on data- and technology-driven policing, developing the predictive community and intelligence-led policing, and creating a new mission, vision and values for the department.
Roddy has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University.