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Emily Simerly

University of Tennessee Police Department Lieutenant Emily Simerly has been named Deputy Chief of Administration, Chief Troy Lane announced today.

Emily SimerlySimerly began serving in her new role on Tuesday. She was promoted from her position as lieutenant and has been managing the Community Relations Unit.

Lane selected Simerly for the job following a search. He reorganized the administrative positions of the department after a review its central functions.

“We are fortunate to have Emily assume this leadership position,” Lane said. “Her years of experience will help guide the department in the right direction. With her impressive qualifications and high praise from colleagues, I am convinced that she will continue to have a positive impact on the department.”

Simerly now oversees the department’s budget, payroll, recruiting, public information, community relations, records, and crime analysis and investigations.

Simerly joined the University of Tennessee Police Department in 1994. She has worked in all areas of the department, including patrol, investigations, and community relations.

She has a bachelor’s degree is sociology with a concentration in criminal justice from UT. She has been honored by the national Rape Aggression Defense organization and has received numerous awards from the department and other organizations.