The leader of the Clarksville Police Department in the late 1980s, Charles Slayden, has died at the age of 89.
According to the Leaf Chronicle, Slayden was remembered as a "people person" and an artist, as well as an innovative leader at the Clarksville Police Department.
"He was someone I have the utmost respect for," said Mary Buck, an analyst in CPD's intelligence division.
Slayden was a veteran of World War II and returned to Clarksville, and started working in construction, Buck said.
Slayden suffered a back injury on the job and eventually was approached about joining the police department.
He reported to then-Police Chief Charles Vaden, and rose up through the ranks from sergeant to lieutenant and then to captain.
By 1987, Slayden was asked to take over the position of chief. Two years later, he retired from the department and handed over the title to Johnny Rosson.
He had a written police policy manual approved during his time as police chief, Buck said. Slayden's time in office also included Clarksville police's first recruits in the TN Law Enforcement Training Academy. About two dozen recruits were in that class.
Slayden also will be remembered as a writer and a woodworker.
Visitation will be held Saturday at Neal Tarpley Parchman Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. when services begin.
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