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Former South Pittsburg Police Chief is back as ‘top cop’ in another local city

Robert Simpson (Archived Photo)

A former South Pittsburg Police Chief is back at work as the top cop in another city in the Tennessee Valley after he was terminated from his position earlier this year.

Robert “Bobby” Simpson, a retired Chattanooga police officer, was hired as South Pittsburg’s Chief by a unanimous vote during former Mayor Jane Dawkins’ administration in February 2015 after several officers and the former South Pittsburg chief vacated their positions over differences with former city administrators.

After less than two years on the job, new South Pittsburg Mayor Virgil Holder made a motion just minutes after being sworn-in at the December 2016 city meeting to remove Simpson from the job. The mayor wouldn’t have the votes needed to do that until the January meeting when it was made official and Lieutenant Ryan Meeks was named the city’s interim chief and has since formally moved into the chief position.

Now seven months later and Simpson is returning to the role of Police Chief, this time in Red Bank after the termination of former Chief Tim Christol following a personnel issue some three months ago. Simpson says he and Christol have a good relationship and that Christol even sent him a message of congratulations on the new job.

Simpson says he received the job offer during a phone call from Red Bank City Manager Randall Smith and that he was immediately excited and ready to go to work.

Simpson, a 28-year retired veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department, now looks forward to leading Red Bank’s department with a team of 25 officers and 2 administrative positions.

The Chief says he looks forward to evaluating his officers and says he looks forward to doing good things for the citizens of Red Bank.



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