Poyner replaces Pecsi as police chief
...KNOXVILLE - Ron Poyner is Knoxville's chief of police.Poyner was appointed by Mayor Phil Myers and approved by the Knoxville City Council by a 4-3 vote Monday.
...Poyner will replace Rick Pecsi, who had served as chief of police since 1996.
...Poyner has worked for the Knoxville Police Department since 1998.Knoxville City Clerk Peg Bivens said Poyner's promotion does not come with a salary increase.
Pecsi makes $17.01 an hour and Poyner
makes $14.94 an hour.
...Myers tried to appoint Poyner as chief in 2002 and 2005, but failed on both attempts.
In 2005, Denny Dean, Ward 1, Mick Gordon, Ward 3, and ex-alderman Dean Mastin, Ward 4, voted for Poyner
...Despite the show of support, Mayor Phil Myers succeeded in demoting Pecsi and appointing Knoxville police officer Ron Poyner to take his place as chief.
After Myers' 2005 appointment of Poyner
failed, the mayor tried to appoint Knoxville
officer Donnie Ryner.
"I still believe Ron Poyner
to be the officer best qualified to fill the role."
The appointment follows recent conflict over scheduling in the police department.A new council was seated on May 7, and by May 20 Myers and new alderman and police committee chairman Lester Naslund, Ward 1, had moved Pecsi from first shift to third shift because they said it was unfair that Poyner had been working third shift for five years.
The council then rescinded its April 2 decision to require department supervisors to live in town and opened the door for Poyner
, who lives in Galesburg, to be appointed.
Myers said Monday if his
appointment of Poyner
had failed he
would hire a new chief from outside the department rather than appoint another Knoxville officer.To do that, he
said, the city would have to fire one of its current officers.
"I believe Ron Poyner
can work with me and Lester, and do a good job of running the department."
Randall, who voted against the appointment of Poyner
, said when the council met in closed session to discuss Pecsi there were no complaints about his job performance.
could not be reached for comment.