Valdosta Daily Times

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September 19, 2013

Nashville interim chief ready to serve

NASHVILLE — Major Chuck Edwards, former assistant police chief with the Nashville Police Department, has been appointed interim-chief following the resignation of Chief John Clayton earlier this month.

Edwards has over 35 years military and civilian law enforcement experience. He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a law enforcement specialist and is a veteran of operations in support of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He retired from the Air Force at Moody AFB in 1997.

Edwards attended Georgia Chief Executive training in 2001 and served as the Chief of Police for the City of Remerton for three and a half years until accepting a position with the Nashville Police Department in February 2005. Upon promotion to the department’s Captain in 2006, he assumed the role of command over police operations.  

 “As Interim Chief for the Nashville Police Department, I want to reassure our citizens, business owners and visitors that the daily business of the Department continues even as the selection of a permanent Chief of Police is pending,” stated Chief Edwards.

"The professional men and women of the Nashville Police Department remain committed to our duties and will continue to strive toward providing the best possible service to the city and its guests.”

Edwards served in a number of capacities over the years while serving in the Air Force, including as Law Enforcement Superintendent at Moody Air Force Base before his retirement.

 Edwards augmented the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) with VIP protection duty for numerous U.S. and foreign dignitaries while overseas, and has assisted the U.S. Secret Service with protection details for two Vice Presidential visitation assignments. His military decorations include Small Arms Expert Marksmanship, six Good Conduct Medals, the Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, AF Achievement Medal, AF Commendation Medal, and two Meritorious Service Medals. After military retirement, Edwards attended the Georgia Police Academy where he earned the Academic Achievement Award for maintaining the second highest academic average of his class.

He was later assigned as Criminal Investigator for the Remerton Police Department and recognized by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center as a Distinguished Graduate of the Criminal Investigator’s course, where he also received the Academic Excellence Award for the highest average percentile in his class on performance evaluations during the course.

Edwards is a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (GA POST) certified General Instructor and a certified Taser Electronic Control Device Instructor. He has attained over 1,500 hours of law enforcement training as a Georgia police officer and holds Advanced Peace Officer Certification, the highest officer certification awarded by the GA POST Council.

He has served as Nashville’s Assistant Chief of Police for the past six years.

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