Fairview Police Chief Cleared Of Wrongdoing

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 17:10:25-05

The chief of the Fairview Police Department has come out of retirement and resumed his position after being cleared of wrongdoing in a possible conflict of interest case.

An investigation into Chief Terry Harris and Assistant Chief Mark Sutton was opened after another officer worked for both the police department and the private security firm Apex Security.

That officer was identified as Ronnie Williams.

Questions arose about both positions when Williams was arrested in a prostitution sting by the Metro Nashville Police Department.

It was just one day after Williams was hired full-time with the Fairview Police Department. He had been an auxiliary officer for the previous 13 months.

Williams had worked previously as the Millersville Police Chief.

The arrest prompted Fairview City Manager Wayne Hall to look closer at the private security firm, investigating whether Williams offered Harris and Sutton external jobs with the private firm in order to secure positions with the police department.

According to a press release issued by the City of Fairview on Tuesday, Harris has been cleared of misconduct.

Assistant Chief Mark Sutton, Public Information Officer Lt. Pat Stockdale and Lt. Shane Dunning are still on administrative leave.

Independent investigators from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office have been called in to review the information and conduct additional interviews. That part of the investigation is expected to last another 30 days.

It was not clear exactly when Chief Harris would return to duty.