Leading Change: Eve Thomas, Knoxville Police Dept’s First Female Police Chief

Leading Change: Eve Thomas, Knoxville Police Dept’s First Female Police Chief

Eve Thomas assumed leadership of the Knoxville Police Department on June 25 and is the department’s first female police chief.

Thomas has been working with the Knoxville Police Department since 1993 and has steadily worked her way through the ranks. Thomas holds a master’s degree from Long Island University’s Homeland Security Masters Institute and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Tennessee. Thomas has been leading change in the department by creating and instructing courses in problem-oriented and community policing, female officer safety, traffic collision investigations, and accreditation.

Thomas “emerged as an outstanding choice to assume command of the department.” Thomas “has consistently shown leadership, dedication, thoughtfulness and commitment to public service.” – Mayor Madeline Rogero

Thomas displays leadership, commitment and qualifications worthy of notice. Thomas is the only female police chief of a major Tennessee city and her dedication will help pave the way for other female officers who hope to follow in her footsteps. Currently, the United States’ largest 50 police departments are only led by five female chiefs and only 169 out of 1500 law enforcement agencies were led by women, according to a survey by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement.


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