Murfreesboro Police Department Announces Promotions

Murfreesboro Police Department promotes several officers to leadership positions.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) has recently elevated several of its members to higher ranks within the organization, as announced by Police Chief Michael Bowen. The promotions were bestowed upon a group of sworn personnel, advancing their careers and responsibilities within the department.

Captain Cary Gensemer, formerly the Operations Division Commander, has been appointed to the role of Deputy Chief. In his new capacity, Deputy Chief Gensemer will oversee the Administrative Services Division, Operations Division, and the Emergency Communications Division. Gensemer joined the MPD in 1999, starting his journey as a patrol officer. Throughout his career, he has ascended through the ranks, serving in various capacities such as a Field Training Officer (FTO), a member of the Special Operations Unit, and the motorcycle traffic unit, among others. Gensemer is a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps and holds a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and a Master of Science from the University of San Diego.

Lieutenant Craig Snider has been promoted to Captain of the Operations Division, where he will manage the Office of Professional Responsibility, Records Section, Evidence Section, and Facilities Management. Snider’s career with the MPD began in 1997, and he has since made significant contributions in various roles, including detective and sergeant in the Operations Division.

Sergeant Amy Denton has been elevated to the rank of Administrative Services Lieutenant. In her new role, she will act as the General Department Instructor (GDI), overseeing departmental training. Denton started her career with the MPD in 1997 and has since been an instrumental part of the department, fulfilling roles such as DARE Instructor and Community Engagement Coordinator.

Additionally, Sergeant Jason Higgins has been promoted to Lieutenant in the Administrative Services Division, where he will be responsible for Recruitment, Crime Prevention, and Community Engagement. Higgins began his tenure with the department as a patrol officer in 1998 and has since held various important positions.

Sergeant Chris Haney has been promoted to Operations Lieutenant. Haney joined the MPD in 2004 and has served in numerous capacities, including detective and sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division.

Lastly, Sergeant Chris Williams has been promoted to Lieutenant of the newly established School Safety Division. Williams, who started with the department in 2011, has a rich background in community policing and school safety.

The promotion ceremony, which took place at MPD headquarters on Friday, March 15, saw the honorees receiving new brass collar pins as symbols of their elevated ranks.

Police Chief Michael Bowen lauded the promoted officers, highlighting their experience, leadership, and the embodiment of the department’s core values of integrity, courage, service, and honor. These promotions mark a significant step in the continued effort to strengthen the Murfreesboro Police Department and its commitment to serving the community.

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