LA VERGNE, Tenn. -- A longtime law enforcement officer has been selected as the new assistant chief of the La Vergne Police Department, officials announced Tuesday.
Keith Lowery, who has worked in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, will begin his new role as assistant police chief Monday, Feb. 10. He will be sworn in at 10 a.m. in the board room at La Vergne City Hall, according to a press release.
“Keith Lowery is a man of integrity and impeccable character,” said Mike Walker, chief of La Vergne police. “He has strong leadership skills and a vast amount of knowledge in all areas of our profession, as well as modern law enforcement principles and community programs.
“He will be an asset to our growing and professional Police Department here in La Vergne.”
Lowery has experience in a variety of facets in the public safety community, including patrol, investigations, special operations and crime scene investigation. In addition, he has commanded both the Technical Services and Special Services divisions of law enforcement.
He began his career in law enforcement in 1987 as a corrections officer with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, in which he spent three years serving as a patrol deputy.
He later worked for the Smyrna Police Department for more than 23 years, serving as a patrol officer, detective, lieutenant and captain before his retirement in early 2013.
Lowery returned to the Sheriff’s Office as a captain and was promoted to major, overseeing the Information Technology Division after leaving his post with Smyrna police.
Walker said Lowery is joining La Vergne at an important time when the city upgrades the dispatch, records management and radio systems.
“As we go through our own dispatch and radio system changeover, his work with the Motorola 800MHz trunked radio, all radio infrastructure, and other systems will be hugely beneficial to La Vergne,” Walker said.
The city is replacing its outdated radio system in order to be compliant with federal mandates, which became effective earlier this month.
The new dispatch and records management systems that are being installed will primarily ensure that emergency calls are not dropped, Walker said.
The new system will also be able to generate crime reports by location and type, track police and public safety personnel who are being dispatched, geocode emergencies, allow immediate access to numerous reports and documents, and much more.
“Given the enormity of what we are now undertaking, the technology experience (he) brings to the table will be tremendous,” Walker said. “We will also be able to leverage his years of law enforcement to benefit the members of the Police Department, as well as the citizens of La Vergne.”
Mayor Senna Mosley lauded the selection of Lowery as assistant chief of police,
“We have made tremendous progress in crime reduction since Chief (Mike) Walker came on board,” Mosley said. “I am confident that with the addition of Assistant Chief (Keith) Lowery, we will continue to keep public safety as our top priority in La Vergne. He joins a great team of law enforcement officers who work diligently day and night to protect people and property.”