Former Chattanooga Police Chief To Join Mayor Wamp’s Team

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Retired Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy will be taking a new position in the office of Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp. He will be serving as a special advisor to Mayor Wamp and Claire McVay, the mayor’s chief of staff.

A statement released by the mayor’s office says that Roddy’s primary responsibility will be to look at the structure and organization of the county government and to identify “opportunities for increased efficiency across county general government.”

Roddy, a Signal Mountain resident, served with the Chattanooga Police Department for 26 years and held the role of chief of police for the last four of those years. He announced his retirement in July 2021 and retired officially on July 30 of that year.

He went on to work with USA Today Network Ventures as a senior director of safety and risk management after retirement from the force.

Roddy expressed his excitement about his new endeavor in a press release.

“I had the honor of serving my hometown for twenty-six years as a law enforcement officer, and Mayor Wamp has offered me the opportunity to serve my community again. I look forward to this new role and to engage with the outstanding men and women that serve the citizens of our county and how we will support them as an efficient and effective team for Hamilton County,” Roddy stated.

At the time of his retirement, Roddy noted in an interview with Channel 9 that the struggles he faced as an officer and as chief had given him a good background in leadership. He also noted the strength of the community stepping up to work together for the county.

“Chattanoogans show up whether they wear a badge or whether they don’t,” Roddy said. 

Wamp acknowledged the respect and knowledge that Roddy would bring to the position.

“His leadership ability and operational expertise will bolster my office’s efforts to lead county government into the future,” Wamp said.

Roddy’s first day on the job will be Monday, October 17.

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

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