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Three apply to be police chief
Nichole Mosley only local candidate
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McMinnville Police Capt. Nichole Mosley is the only local applicant for McMinnville Police Chief.

The lineup is not long for individuals seeking to be identified as McMinnville’s next police chief. Three have applied for the job, with one seeking an opportunity to make history. 

“It would be an honor to become McMinnville Police Department’s first female police chief,” said McMinnville Police Capt. Nichole Mosley.

Mosley is a life-long resident of Warren County who has worked for McMinnville Police Department for over 25 years. She currently holds the position as head of the department’s investigation unit. 

“I have been very proud of my service to McMinnville Police Department and the citizens our department serves,” said Mosley. “During my tenure, I have been involved in and instrumental in the department becoming a State Accredited Agency, which has helped to give the community a very efficient and professional police agency.”

The city’s Human Resources Department is withholding the names of the other two applicants. They are from Manchester and Murfreesboro.

The city is looking to replace Police Chief Bryan Denton, who announced his retirement in September to become effective at the end of 2020. Denton rose through the ranks within the Police Department and was named police chief in 2011 as a highlight to a distinguished law enforcement career.

In-person interviews are being scheduled with the three candidates. However, those are being conducted internally and will not be open to the public.

Mosley became part of an elite group of law enforcement officers in 2014 after completing training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. Mosley says that endeavor was one of many steps she has taken to prepare for this leadership role.

“I have, over my career, tried to prepare myself for the position of police chief,” said Mosley. “I have attended many leadership and command schools, to include the FBI National Academy, which is the premier law enforcement command college. If I am honored to be chosen for police chief, I will continue to build the department on the professionalism and high quality of police service that the community deserves. I will be accessible to and responsive to the community.”

Per the city’s municipal code, city administrator Nolan Ming has the authority on whom to hire when it comes to department heads. In the past, city administrators have sought input from the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen when hiring department directors, but that is not required.