NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A local Metro Police Deputy Chief will soon be honored with a promotion to US Marshal for the Middle Tennessee District.
More than 30 years ago Louise Kelton came to the United States with a couple of bags and a couple of hundred dollars in her pocket. The young woman from Whales flew to the US to visit Louisiana the birthplace of her father. After visiting the state she made a life-changing move to Nashville.
Metro Police Deputy Chief Louise Kelton is about to become US Marshal for the Middle Tennessee District. She'll be sworn in next week. Kelton was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama in 201.
"All I ever wanted to be was a police officer. I love people. I honestly love people," said Kelton.
She rose through the ranks at the department, but it wasn't easy.
"I had taken that captain's test three times and it whipped me, and I said I was never going to take that test again," she explained.
But friends and a couple of supervisors convinced her to keep trying.
"I got through the last time and then you know the rest of the story Chief Serpas blew into town,"
When she was commander of North Precinct Chief Ronal Serpas promoted her to Deputy Chief. Congressman Jim Cooper placed her name in nomination for US Marshal.
As Deputy Chief Kelton was over the city's seven police precincts and special operations. She says her job was pretty simple give the men and women who patrol the streets what they need to get the job done. Kelton says she plans on doing the same as US Marshal.
Kelton has spent more than three decades on the force. She was Commander of North Precinct operations for four years prior to her appointment as Deputy Chief in 2008.
Kelton also gives back to the community. When she won a service award in 2008, she received a grant for $5,000, which she chose to donate to the 100 Club. The club benefits families of police, emergency medical technicians and fireman who are injured in the line of duty including fellow officer Danita Marsh.