Lokey Named as Deputy Chief with Nashville Police Department

First Female Deputy Chief in More than Ten Years

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Kay Lokey Headshot

The Metro Nashville Police Department will soon have a lesbian as one of its top leaders.

Kay Lokey, who has been commander over the Midtown Precinct, will assume command of the Administrative Services Bureau on July 1.

The Administrative Services Bureau is one of five major sections of the department that report directly to the chief of police.

Lokey will oversee the Crime Laboratory & Crime Scene Investigations, Training Division, Human Resources Division (including recruitment), Behavioral Health Services, Information/Technology Division, and the Records Division.

She graduated from the MNPD Academy in April 1997 and worked as a patrol officer in South Nashville. She was promoted to sergeant in August 2004 and was assigned to the Training Academy before being promoted to lieutenant over recruitment operations in October 2006. Lokey was promoted to captain over the Domestic Violence Division in January 2011, where she served until her appointment as the first commander of the Midtown Hills Precinct in July 2014.

Lokey holds a bachelor’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and a master’s degree from Cumberland University. She is the department’s first female deputy chief in nearly 10 years, since Deputy Chief Louise Kelton retired in September 2010.

Additionally, John Drake, a 32- year veteran of the MNPD, as deputy chief over the department’s Community Services Bureau. The Community Services Bureau includes the more than 900 officers and detectives who are assigned to the department’s 8 precincts across Nashville. Drake has been supervising protest-related activities since May 30. He was previously deputy chief over the Support Services Bureau.

Out & About Nashville will have an in-depth interview with Lokey and her new role in the near future.