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Feb 19, 2018

Turner named chief of JCPD

Karl Turner, a 27-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, has been promoted to chief, City Manager Pete Peterson announced today. 

“Chief Turner was chosen from among five excellent candidates,” Peterson said. “But his combination of experience and leadership skills set Chief Turner apart as the frontrunner. I am proud that we had a candidate of his caliber from within our own department.”

Turner’s selection came after an in-depth evaluation process that included an assessment by other police chiefs from across the state, written tests, and interviews. 

Chief Turner earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University before joining the JCPD in 1991 as a public safety officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997, serving as a first-line platoon supervisor and SWAT team leader. Six years later, he was promoted to lieutenant, assuming a number of new roles and responsibilities including special operations supervisor and operations manager. Chief Turner then earned the rank of captain in 2007 and was assigned as watch commander of one of four patrol platoons. In 2012, he was promoted to major, overseeing the operations side of the Police Department and serving an indispensable role in supporting the now retired Chief Mark Sirois. 

“I am honored and grateful to have been selected from such a talented pool of law enforcement leaders,” Chief Turner said. “I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of dedicated and caring law enforcement officers. This 

includes three former police chiefs whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for. I thank them for their years of guidance and leadership and of course, my wife Dr. Jessica Turner, for the support and sacrifice that goes along with being a law enforcement spouse.”

Chief Turner attended the Southeast Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA) in 2006 where he received of the SECLA Distinguished Service Medal. He also completed all three levels of the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Management Academy in 2007, the FBI National Academy in 2009, and FBI’s Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar sessions in 2004 and Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in 2017. He is an active member of the FBI National Academy Alumni Association, the National Tactical Officers Association, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

“My goal as police chief is to continue to build upon the principle of a community and police partnership that allows the Police Department to provide the best service possible. Our department will continue to focus on community policing and calling on our citizens to play an active role in the safety and well-being of our city,” Chief Turner said.

He noted that the department will continue expanding its use of the latest technologies to provide the most effective operations, including greater utilization of crime analysis and mapping to drive the department’s crime prevention efforts.

“Chief Turner is a capable leader, and under his leadership the department will continue to ensure that our community remains a safe place to live, work, and play.” Peterson added. “Johnson City will continue to be well-served by the Johnson City Police Department under the direction of Chief Turner.” 

CONTACT: Karl Turner, chief
Johnson City Police Department 

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