Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr Resigns

Posted at 5:02 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 20:52:58-04

The chief of the Murfreesboro Police Department, Karl Durr, has resigned.

The surprise announcement came less than two years after Durr replaced long-time police chief Glenn Chrisman. City executive Rob Lyons had selected Durr from a pool of more than 60 applicants nationwide.

Durr came to Murfreesboro from Eugene, Oregon where he was assistant chief of police. Before that, he worked in the Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff's office.

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. 

Durr moved to Murfreesboro from Oregon with his wife and two young children. He earned an annual salary of $105,250 heading up a police department in one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee. 

Durr could not be reached for comment. He issued his resignation letter on Thursday. Read that here.

Assistant chief Mike Bowen, who was also number two under Chrisman, will likely take over the job until a replacement has been found.