NEW YORK / CHATTANOOGA – Public Safety Coordinator Paul Smith announced today that he has accepted the position of Strategic Operations and Policy Specialist at the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
The National Network for Safe Communities helps to advance strategies to reduce violence and strengthen relationships between police and communities, and has guided the work of the Chattanooga Violence Reduction Initiative (VRI) and related work in several other cities.
As Strategic Operations and Policy Specialist at the National Network, Smith will draw on his experience as Public Safety Coordinator in Chattanooga by providing direct advising and support to cities implementing the National Network’s model to reduce violence and strengthen police-community relations.
“Over the last three years, Paul has worked tirelessly to make Chattanooga safer and stronger — and his leadership will be missed throughout our community,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “That said, this is a great accomplishment and, on a personal note, I am proud and excited that Paul has the opportunity to further his expertise and help positively impact more cities across the country.”
Smith was appointed Public Safety Coordinator for the City of Chattanooga by Mayor Andy Berke in June of 2013 to coordinate public safety efforts.
Prior to his time with the City of Chattanooga, Smith served as principal of Howard High School as well as an assistant principal of Orchard Knob Middle School and a teacher at Tyner High School.
Smith will transition to his new role with National Network for Safe Communities by May 1, 2016.
The City of Chattanooga is currently interviewing candidates and is expected to announce a new Public Safety Coordinator in the coming weeks.