(SMYRNA) After 33-years, former Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold now has more grandfather time. His final day on the clock was Sunday, October 2, 2022.
Chief Arnold is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s Criminal Justice program. He began his career in law enforcement as an officer for the MTSU Police Department. After graduation in 1982, he began working for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for 7-years. During his time at Rutherford County, he worked as a jailer, patrol deputy, and investigator before beginning his career at the Town of Smyrna.
Chief Arnold began his career with the Smyrna Police Department in 1989 as a patrol officer. He worked many assignments, including Investigations, and was promoted to Major in 1994. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1997 and was appointed as Assistant Chief that same year. On April 4, 2007, Kevin Arnold was appointed as Chief of the Smyrna Police Department.
Smyrna Town Manager Brian Hercules noted, "Chief Arnold has performed at the highest level of his profession, and his presence will be missed throughout the State of Tennessee. We wish him the best in his retirement and thank him for his many years of public service to the Town of Smyrna and its citizens."
Smyrna Town Mayor Mary Esther Reed said, "On behalf ofthe Town of Smyrna family, we wish Police Chief Kevin Arnold the very best. He is a true example of a public servant--making his employees, the community, and public service a priority, by showing leadership, dedication, and commitment to the profession.”