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LaKenya Middlebrook Appointed Knoxville's First-Ever Director of Community Safety

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LaKenya Middlebrook Appointed Knoxville's First-Ever Director of Community Safety

Knoxville, TN- On August 31, 2021, Mayor Indya Kincannon appointed LaKenya Middlebrook as the City’s first-ever Director of Community Safety.

This new cabinet-level position will oversee and coordinate all aspects of community safety, increasing collaboration between the Mayor, her leadership team, KPD, KFD, and other community partners who are on the ground to address public safety issues in Knoxville.

Middlebrook will transition from her role as the Executive Director of the City’s Police Advisory & Review Committee to Director of Community Safety in early September.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen for such a critical role in our City,” Middlebrook said. “As part of the internal task force working on violence prevention and interruption, I have learned a lot about evidence-based strategies in cities throughout the country and methods we can successfully implement here in Knoxville.

"Our entire community is impacted by increases in violence, our neighbors are hurting, and we will do everything we can to prevent and reduce violence here."