Athens names Fred Schultz as Police Chief

He has been the interim since the previous chief was fired last fall

ATHENS, Tennessee (WDEF) – The city manager of Athens, Tennessee is making the interim Police Chief his permanent choice. Fred Schultz took over after Cliff Couch was abruptly fire last October. Couch felt the firing was over concerns he raised about missing police video cameras.

The new chief has been a member of the the department since 2004. Before that, Schultz worked for the Sheriff’s Office.

“I am truly humbled by the opportunity to lead the Athens Police Department and to serve the citizens of Athens. I love my hometown, so this means more than a title to me. It is the continuation of a lifetime commitment. I want to ensure that the Athens Police Department and our officers reach their fullest potential.”

City Manager C. Seth Sumner says “Chief Schultz’ team-first approach and the steadfast support he has shown during the interim role has been remarkable. I have been particularly impressed by the influence his leadership has had on the entire department and all of Team Athens. Our officers provide a mission critical role protecting our community and I am very proud to see stability and support in their work environment. Chief Schultz has my full confidence, and I am grateful that he will continue serving the Friendly City in this new role.”

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