Hermann’s police chief takes job in Millington, Tenn.
By staff writer
Frank Tennant, Hermann’s police chief for the past 10-plus years, has taken a job as chief of police in Millington, Tenn.
Tennant, 54, said he was retiring from the Hermann position, and informed City Administrator Mark Wallace and other city members at a department meeting last Wednesday morning, July 9.
Millington is a city in Shelby County Tennessee with a population of about 11,000. Tennant said there are 54 employees in that city’s police department.
In 2004, Tennant was hired for the Hermann position after spending 22 years in the Owensboro, Ky., Police Department. He has nearly 33 years in law enforcement, 25 of them in a supervisory or management position.
Tennant said the job in Tennessee is a good opportunity, one that will put him closer to his family, and approximately 2 1/2 hours from his father, who is a retired military veteran who served 23 years in the U.S. Army. Tennant said he also learned a couple weeks ago that he and his wife, Cindy, will become a grandparents for the first time. Taking the job in Millington will put him in close proximity to his children.
“That’s very important to me, and was one of the main reasons that I decided to leave,” said Tennant, who also has a son, Brandon, who is a detective on the Nashville, Tenn. police force.
Tennant’s last day as Hermann’s police chief is July 31. He will assume his new duties in Tennessee in early August.
He said leaving Hermann is real bittersweet.
“There are a lot of great people here who I am going to miss,” he said. “When I left Owensboro I knew there were a lot of people I was going to miss, and this community stepped up and filled that void.”
Tennant could always be seen working street corners on weekends during Hermann’s Oktoberfests, and always worked the Hermann High School junior-senior prom, standing the entire time at the door.
“I’ve always been a hands-on guy, and I will always be a hands-on guy, even in a bigger city,” he said. “That’s just the way I approach the job.”
He added, “I have no regrets. I tried to do this job professionally. I said when I couldn’t do this job the way I wanted to, it would be time to go.”
Tennant was hired as Hermann’s police chief when Doris Binkholder was mayor. He has worked during the administrations of Norbert Englert, Larry Miskel, Dolores Grannemann, and now Tom Shabel.