Michael Bowen Named Murfreesboro Police Chief

Posted at 12:57 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 14:55:41-05

Deputy Chief Michael Bowen has been named the new Murfreesboro police chief, replacing Karl Durr who abruptly left the job in October.

Durr resigned less than two years after he replaced long-time chief, Glenn Chrisman.

During his brief tenure, Durr faced relatively little public controversy. He did briefly weather criticism not long after his arrival regarding the arrests of several children on school grounds in connection with a fight.

The incident led to the discipline of the officers involved and a civil lawsuit which was settled.

Bowen, who had been serving as acting chief, is a 29-year veteran of the force and well-respected by officers.

“Michael Bowen’s devotion to serving Murfreesboro as a law enforcement officer is well-established,” said City Manager Rob Lyons. “His leadership and quiet dedication to public safety in our community for three decades is a testament to his passion, perseverance, and commitment to the policing profession and our growing city.” 

He served as deputy chief under Glenn Chrisman for seven years prior to Chrisman's retirement. Bowen was a finalist for the chief’s job, which ultimately went to Durr in April of 2016.

It's still not clear why Durr abruptly left the post. 

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