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Bowen named Murfreesboro police chief

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Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen (Photo: City of Murfreesboro) Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen (Photo: City of Murfreesboro)
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Longtime Murfreesboro Police officer Michael Bowen has been promoted to police chief on Monday, according to a news release.

Bowen, who joined the police department in 1988, was promoted effective Monday, Nov. 6. He had served as interim chief since Karl Durr’s resignation on Oct. 19.

“Michael Bowen’s devotion to serving Murfreesboro as a law enforcement officer is well-established,” City Manager Rob Lyons said in a news release. “His leadership and quiet dedication to public safety in our community for three decades is a testament to his passion, perseverance, and commitment to the policing profession and our growing city.”

Bowen began as a patrol officer in 1988. He was assigned to a field training officer position in 1991 and promoted to uniformed division sergeant in 1996. In 2001, Bowen was promoted to lieutenant in the uniformed division and became captain in 2003 over patrol services section. He was named deputy chief in 2010.

Bowen is a 2007 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He holds an associate degree in Law Enforcement from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University. He is a member of the International Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) and the Troy Alumni Association. Bowen is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Rutherford and currently serves on their Alumni Council.

A graduate of Riverdale High School, Bowen lived in several states and abroad before his family resettled in Murfreesboro after his father’s retirement from the Army. He and his wife, Sherry, have been married 23 years and have three children.

As Chief, Bowen will be promoted to an annual salary of $114,342.54.

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