Dickson Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. announced Wednesday that Chief Ricky
Chandler has made his pending retirement effective immediately and Jeff Lewis has been
appointed interim chief of the Dickson Police Department.
Weiss announced at the May 1 meeting of the Dickson City Council that Chandler had notified
him of his plan to retire effective July 3 after 33 years of service with the department, including
the last 25 as chief. Weiss said he was notified Tuesday by Chandler that he is making his
retirement effective immediately.
The city has already begun the process of selecting a new chief of police. Weiss named Lewis to
serve as interim chief until a replacement is selected.
Lewis has worked for the City of Dickson for 29 years, starting as a police officer, then serving
as director of the Parks and Recreation Department and currently is director of the Public Works
Department, which includes the street, sanitation, parks, building and grounds, fleet
maintenance, cemetery and right-of- way maintenance departments.
“I am confident that with his law enforcement and supervisory experience, Jeff will be able to
keep the Dickson Police Department operating at its normal professional level until a new chief
is named,” Weiss said in making the announcement. “Jeff has been overseeing a department with
a budget in excess of $5 million, almost equal to the police and fire department budgets
combined, with a staff comparable in size to those departments. He will rely on the men and
women of the City of Dickson’s Police and Public Works departments to be a critical part of
maintaining our high level of service through this transition.”
The announcement was made to supervisors in both departments Wednesday morning. Weiss
said he hopes to have a new chief of the Dickson Police Department named by the start of the
new fiscal year on July 1.