NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Police Department Chief Steve Anderson will serve his last day with the department on August 6, Mayor John Cooper said.
The mayor said Chief Anderson, who served in the position for 10 years, is moving up his final day with the department to Thursday from October, which was previously announced.
"I'm grateful to Chief Anderson for his 45 years of service in the Metro Nashville Police Department. He is a dedicated public servant with an unwavering sense of civic duty," Mayor Cooper said.
Deputy Chief John Drake will assume command of the department beginning Friday until a new chief of police is named.
In July, the mayor's office announced a "roadmap" for a nationwide search for Chief Anderson's replacement, which includes community input through HubNashville. The job will be posted from mid-August to mid-September, then candidates will meet with a review committee to narrow down the top finalists for interviews.
The finalists will visit Nashville in October to meet with Mayor Cooper and an interview panel. The mayor's office said a new police chief will be named following those visits.
Mayor Cooper did not say why Chief Anderson's last day was moved up.