Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr Resigns

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Karl Durr with Murfreesboro City Manager Rob Lyons during the groundbreaking for the new police headquarters.
Karl Durr speaks at the groundbreaking for the new police headquarters.
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Karl Durr with Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Chief Mark Foulks.
Karl Durr speaks during the police officer's memorial at Civic Plaza.
Karl Durr speaks at the opening of the time capsule at the current Murfreesboro Police headquarters.
Karl Durr appeared monthly on NewsRadio WGNS to speak with listeners about issues facing Murfreesboro.

Murfreesboro Police Chief James "Karl" Durr submitted his resignation. NewsRadio WGNS' Bryan Barrett has more:


The resignation was accepted by City Manager Rob Lyons Thursday (October 19th).


In his resignation letter to Lyons, Durr said "it has been an honor to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Murfreesboro which I have come to appreciate and value this community."

He goes on to say "change is an on-going process that can involve many adjustments effecting many people. Occasionally, those adjustments do not align for everyone involved in or affected by this process. I believe that is the case with respect to my role as Chief of Police."


Deputy Chief Michael Bowen is empowered to oversee operation of the department as Acting Chief following Durr's resignation. Durr began his role as Chief of Police in April 2016.



Durr became Murfreesboro Police Chief April 4th, 2016. He replaced Glenn Chrisman, who retired after 12-years as the city's top cop. He was hired in February of 2016 by City Manager Rob Lyons after being chosen from a field of 70 total applicants.

He served as assistant chief for the Eugene, Oregon, police department. Durr has 30-plus years of law enforcement service.

From 1987 to 2012, Durr rose through the ranks of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in the largest county in the state of Florida with a population of 1.3 million and a patrol district population of 763,000.

Durr served as Major over Homeland Security, overseeing 330 personnel while working closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Transportation
Security Agency (TSA), the Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA) and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), as well as state and local law enforcement.

Durr holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and a bachelor's degree in business management from Northwood University in West Palm Beach.

In 2014, he attended the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute of Police and in 2006 the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive's in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He has served as an adjunct instructor in criminal justice since 2002.

Durr is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum. He is married and has two sons.

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