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Nashville Police Community Oversight Board gets new executive director

Tennessean Staff and wire reports


Jill Fitcheard, a former police officer in Washington, D.C., who had served as the Board's assistant director, was named on Wednesday night to fill the position that was vacated in November. 

Jill Fitcheard

Nashville's police Community Oversight Board has a new executive director.

Jill Fitcheard, a former police officer in Washington, D.C., who had served as the Board's assistant director, was named on Wednesday night to fill the position that was vacated in November. 


William Weeden on Nov. 18 announced that he was stepping down from the role of leading civilian investigations into Nashville's police. Weeden spent months going head-to-head with the chief about the Board's role


"He said it was due to extreme stress, and he no longer felt he was right for the job," COB community liaison Brensey Thompson said when Weeden resigned. "We were all kind of surprised at his resignation." 


The board, which was established via a 2018 referendum approved by Nashville voters, is tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct. The board also can recommend policy changes for the department.


Fitcheard's appointment was effective immediately and she will begin the process of hiring a new assistant director.


“Mrs. Fitcheard’s commitment to the mission and purpose of the Community Oversight Board, and most importantly to the Nashville community, is unparalleled and her leadership has been instrumental to the success and continuity of the COB’s efforts,” Chair Ashlee Davis said in a statement. “The COB congratulates her on this deserving appointment and looks forward to this continued work and progress with her as our Executive Director.”

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