Mayor Kelly Names New Police Chief Appointee

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The wait to find out who will be Chattanooga’s new Chief of Police is over.

This morning, Mayor Tim Kelly announced that Celeste Murphy will be taking the role.

Murphy hails from Atlanta, where she worked in law enforcement for over two decades.

“Celeste rose through the ranks at the Atlanta Police Department, serving as patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, and deputy chief. She has worked in or supervised nearly if not every department of the Atlanta Police Department,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly.

Upon the announcement of her appointment, Murphy listed her priorities upon taking office.

“My focus in Chattanooga is going to be in three key areas that were mentioned: violent crime reduction, community policing, and, of course, youth engagement,” said Murphy.

According to Mayor Tim Kelly, Murphy was able to achieve a double-digit reduction in crime in Atlanta, in 2020 alone. According to Murphy, she’ll address the underlying causes of crime by engaging with and understanding the community.

Some of Mayor Kelly’s Staff personally expressed their excitement for Murphy’s appointment.

“I believe her vision, when enacted, where everybody buys into it, that’s going to take our city to the next level, as far as solving some of the issues we have as far as crime and some of the social concerns that we have,” said Deputy Administrator Erskine Oglesby.

Throughout her statement to the press, Murphy repeatedly emphasized community engagement.

“This is a big deal to me. And I’m focused on healthy police-community relationships. And as chief I’ll bring every resource, every relationship, ad keep our city and our neighborhoods safe. We’re going to expose the humanity in each other by embracing what we have in common,” said Murphy.

While Murphy has been publicly appointed, she will still need to be confirmed by the City Council before she officially becomes Police Chief.

Murphy is the first Black woman to be appointed to the position.

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