Ceremony held for new police chief David Roddy
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – After 23 years on the Chattanooga police force, and holding almost every job in the department, David Roddy was sworn-in today as the city’s new police chief.
Roddy was assistant chief, and has been acting chief for a month after he was selected by Mayor Andy Berke, and approved by the council.
Returning from his vacation home in Colorado, former chief Fred Fletcher called Roddy one of the strongest men he ever knew…morally and physically.
Surrounded by his wife and family, Roddy was sworn-in by federal judge Travis McDonough.
Roddy says, “I want you to know that I will continue the Chattanooga police department’s commitment to developing community partnerships..engaging in problem solving and implementing community policing organizational features. The three components of community policing. This department, whose mission it is, to keep you, your family and your community safe..cannot do it alone..we need your help. We must build trust in order to maintain public safety and effective policing. ”
The ceremony was held in front of a packed house at UTC.