Chief Drake names Chris Taylor as new MNPD Chief of Staff

Posted at 9:42 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 22:42:28-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake announced the creation of a new position to coordinate investigative and community engagement strategies.

Captain Chris Taylor was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief and will serve as Chief of Staff. He will work to coordinate initiatives and strategies across five MNPD bureaus and eight precincts.

“Deputy Chief Taylor will serve as my representative and day to day liaison among police department components to ensure consistency of our community-based priorities to enhance Nashville’s safety,” Drake said in a press release. “I want Deputy Chief Taylor to help maintain a focus on officers engaging residents to help improve neighborhood quality of life, while at the same time, ensuring that investigative components are working together seamlessly to identify criminals and remove them from our streets.”

Taylor is a 28-year MNPD veteran who, as a captain, most recently oversaw officers who work for Metro Parks Police. Drake said he will continue in that supervisory role for the time being.

During his tenure, Taylor has also worked as a captain over the Criminal Investigations Division, the executive officer in the Community Services Bureau, a lieutenant in the Patrol and Domestic Violence Divisions, a sergeant in the Vice Unit, a patrol officer, and an 8-year member of the MNPD SWAT team. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Kentucky University and an MBA Degree from Columbia Southern University.