Smyrna Police Chief, Kevin Arnold, has been selected as the 2018 Pinnacle Award recipient.
Chief Kevin Arnold began his career in law enforcement in 1979 working for the MTSU Police Department. Chief Arnold served as a student officer in a part time capacity.
In 1982 Chief Arnold began working for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer, eventually working his way through the ranks at the Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff, Narcotics Detective, and a General Detective. Chief Arnold was selected as the Officer of the Year in 1985 for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
In 1989 Chief Arnold became employed with the Smyrna Police Department as a patrol officer. Again Chief Arnold rose through the ranks becoming a Detective, Sergeant, Major, and Assistant Chief. In 1991 Chief Arnold was selected as the Officer of the Year for the Smyrna Police Department.
On March 29, 2007 Chief Arnold was promoted to Chief of Police, becoming the top law enforcement official in the Town of Smyrna. Chief Arnold supervises 115 total personnel.
Chief Arnold graduated from MTSU in 1982 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. In 1997 Chief Arnold graduated from the FBI National Academy, Class 190. Chief Arnold has completed various training in law enforcement from basic police to command level supervision. In 2010 Chief Arnold was presented the Director’s Choice Award by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police recognizing him as the Police Chief of the Year for Middle Tennessee. Chief Arnold served as President for the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police for 2017/2018 for over 1,000 members.
Chief Arnold is married to Lynn and they have two “perfect” grandchildren that they enjoy spoiling. In his spare time Chief Arnold enjoys attending MTSU Blue Raider sporting events, cheering on a variety of professional sports teams, golf, and reading.