JOHNSON CITY (August 8, 2013) – The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) has named Jack Cotrel from East Tennessee State University as "Chief of the Year" for the Eastern Tennessee division.
Cotrel is Chief of Public Safety and associate vice president for Finance and Administration at ETSU, where he has worked since 1978.
According to TACP, the "Chief of the Year" title was given to Cotrel in recognition of his "leadership and dedication to both his department and the TACP" and for successfully guiding the ETSU Department of Public Safety through its recent accreditation process. ETSU recently became the first school in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to have its public safety division accredited by TACP.
"Chief Cotrel is a true progressive leader who has been an advocate for campus safety and has spent countless hours on the phone and at the legislature in Nashville to keep guns off college campuses," said TACP President Glenn Chrisman upon presenting the award to Cotrel.
Cotrel received the award during the TACP's 43rd annual conference held at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.
The TACP was founded in 1970 as a professional organization "dedicated to the highest ideals of honor, leadership, and integrity to maintain the respect and confidence of their government officials, subordinates, the public, and their fellow members of law enforcement through professional executive level training and public safety policy."