Elizabethton Chief of Police to step down

John Thompson • Dec 1, 2012 at 7:27 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Elizabethton Chief of Police Matt Bailey has announced he will be stepping down from his post on Dec. 30. He will continue as a member of the department, serving as a shift captain.

In a news release issued Saturday, Bailey said “first, I want to say it has been a distinct honor and privilege to have served the citizens of Elizabethton as chief of police. However, after much thought and consideration, I have asked the city manager for a voluntary reassignment to the patrol division as patrol captain, which he has granted.”

The police department has made several advances under Bailey’s leadership. He has been especially active in the past year, culminating with the department undergoing its first ever accreditation inspection.

Bailey also has served as chairman of the Carter County 911 Communications District board of directors. During this time, he was instrumental in getting a major increase in local funding for the organization. He made several appearances before the Elizabethton City Council and Carter County Commission to successfully obtain the funding increases recommended by the state 911 board.

Bailey made an effort in his Saturday press release to emphasize the decision to step down was not caused by political pressures. The City Council has two new members following last month’s city elections. City Manager Fred Edens also has announced his retirement for early January.

“This decision is 100 percent my choosing, influenced by no one,” Bailey said. “This decision is based on personal reasons as well as the desire to spend more time with my family to meet my obligations with them.”

With Bailey’s move, the interim chief will be Greg Workman, who recently was promoted to major and assumed the second-in-command position.

Bailey said the succession plans of the department “will ensure that we will continue to deliver the very best service to our citizens.”

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