Michael Mullins has been named Chief of Police for the Mt. Juliet Police Department, effective December 15 following the previously announced retirement of Chief James Hambrick.
Mullins has been with the department for 26 years and is currently the Deputy Chief of Police. Tyler Chandler, a 19-year member of the department and current captain, will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.
City Manager Kenny Martin announced the promotions Friday morning in front of a large crowd that gathered for the groundbreaking of a new $20 + million-dollar police headquarters that will be completed in 2025.
“I’m so proud and thankful for this wonderful blessing for our city and citizens,” Martin said. “We could not have found a pair with more experience and love for Mt. Juliet than Michael Mullins and Tyler Chandler to continue to lead our brave men and women of the Mt. Juliet Police Department.”
Mullins in his current role directly oversees the operational functions of the Patrol, Investigations, Special Operations, Canine, Training and Development, and Animal Control divisions. He most notably recently graduated from the 286th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
“God has blessed both of us with an incredible opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Chief Hambrick, who we cannot thank enough for serving our city so well for so long,” Mullins said. “I’m proud to have Tyler with me continuing to lead our department. Together we will work hard to better our community.”
Chandler has served as third-in-command, previously led the Community Engagement Unit as a Sergeant and Administrative Services Division as a Lieutenant. He is responsible for enhancing the department’s strategic growth, transparency, communication, and community engagement efforts in his Public Information Officer role.
“I am truly grateful for this next chapter and humbled to serve my home and the best community,” Chandler, who also administers the license plate recognition program, said. “It is an honor to continue supporting the dedicated men and women of Team MJPD and serve alongside Chief Mullins. Together, we will strive to ensure the safety and well-being of our community, working diligently to maintain the trust that has been placed in us.”