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5 finalists named in search for Metro Police Chief

Posted at 11:35 AM, Oct 19, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Five candidates have been named as finalists in Metro's search for a new police chief.

Mayor John Cooper announced the list on Monday morning. The following people have been chosen by Metro Human Resources and a search review committee:

  • John Drake
  • Troy Gay
  • Darryl McSwain
  • Larry Scirotto
  • Kristen Ziman

Drake is currently serving as interim Police Chief of Metro Nashville Police Department after Chief Steve Anderson retired in August. He has worked for the department for 32 years and previously served as deputy chief for community supervision and commander of the Central Precinct.

Gay has more than seven years of experience at the assistant chief level. He is currently the chief of staff for the Austin, Texas Police Department.

For the last two years, McSwain has served as the chief of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. Previously, he was the assistant chief for field services for the police department in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Scirotto was formerly the assistant chief of professional standards for the Pittsburgh Police Department. In this role, he oversaw policy and program development, training and education and internal investigations. He also previously oversaw the Major Crimes Unit.

Ziman is currently the chief of the Aurora, Illinois Police Department. She has served as the department's first female police chief since 2016 and has been with the department since 1994.

The finalists will meet at the end of the month with an interview panel of local residents and policy experts. This panel includes Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall, Dr. Forrest Harris, Andrés Martinez, Kathleen O'Toole, Sharon Roberson and Kristin Caraban Wilson.

They will then meet with Mayor Cooper, other community leaders and Metro Nashville Public Safety employees. Mayor Cooper will select the candidate to take over the position, per Metro's charter.