MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – He’s been in the trenches for nearly 40 years and rose through the ranks. Now the Chief of Murfreesboro police will soon put up his gun and badge.
Chief Glenn Chrisman has dedicated almost four decades to law enforcement, all in Rutherford County.
“We’ve been blessed with a long career,” Chrisman said.
He has spent the past 12 years as chief of police in Murfreesboro.
“This story is all about outstanding people who take their jobs seriously,” Chrisman said. “They are the story, not me.”
During his time with department, there have been highs and lows, and he said now is the right time to retire.
“Now is a good time for this decision, for me personally and professionally,” Chrisman said. “I think that everybody has to make a decision at some point about balancing, the two pieces of advice that friends and colleagues have given me, one is don’t retire to early and don’t work too long.”
Even though some crimes in this fast-growing city are higher than others, the chief said the department has made strides.
“Citizens I believe expect their law enforcement agency and officers to do is to make their neighborhoods and areas where they live a safe place,” the chief said.
The city and the chief have taking some backlash about the controversial traffic light cameras.
“If save one life and if it reduces personal injuries in those intersection crashes then it’s a viable enforcement alternative,” he said.
Chrisman said there is still a lot on his plate that he would like to have seen completed before calling it quits.
First the new police headquarters.
“Cutting-edge, state-of-the facility, re-purposing existing building, that badly needed to be reused, and in doing so in a fiscally responsible way,” Chrisman said.
Secondly, the development of a two-way radio system, making communication between police and fire better.
“Following 911 was the inability for police and fire to communicate with each other effectively,” Chrisman said.
Thirdly, a police and fire training center which will have a much-needed high-powered rifle range.
“Unfortunately, as we saw just recently in Chattanooga law enforcement officers and others across this nation are often facing assailants, dangerous armed assailants who are armed with rifles,” the chief said.
Chrisman rose through the ranks from patrolman to chief.
By the time the chief puts up his badge and gun for the final time December he would have completed 40 years of service to law enforcement.
“I give all the credit to God,” Chrisman said.
He has a piece of advice he wants to leave behind that has made his career successful.
“They need to put their faith first, their family second, and their career last,” Chrisman said.
The chief’s last day on the job is Dec. 31.