Mike Walker

 
Police Department
Title: Chief of Police
Phone: 615-793-7744
Mike Walker


Biography
Mike Walker is the Chief of Police for the city. He is responsible for the oversight of the patrol division, the criminal investigation division, and the narcotics/gang unit. The police force is responsible for hundreds of cases per year including ranging from traffic violations to the more serious crimes of domestic and sexual abuse, robberies, burglaries and thefts, assault and other serious crimes.

In September of 2010, Walker retired as the Colonel from the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) after 33 years of service. As the top officer of the state police, he managed 899 sworn troops and 125 civilians. In addition, Walker was responsible for preparing and managing annual budgets in excess of $100 million on behalf of the THP.

In addition, Walker implemented the federally mandated commercial drivers license issuance for the state of Tennessee, recognized then as a model program by the Federal Highway Administration. Outside of his police work, he helped to build a new volunteer fire department for the city of Dunlap outside of Chattanooga.

When the Olympics were held in Atlanta in 1996, Walker was in charge of security for the canoe and kayak events. He was sworn in as a Georgia State Lieutenant so he could formally escort the athletes to Atlanta for the Opening Ceremony. Walker also handled security during Tennessee’s Bicentennial where Tennessee Treasures were displayed across the state. Before accepting this position, Walker served as the Director of Public Works for the city.

Walker, his wife Vicki, and their children have lived in La Vergne since 2003. He accepted the position because he felt he could make a positive difference in the community. He quoted "CHiPS" actor Robert Pine, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others in the world remains, and is immortal.”
 

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