University of Tennessee police chief finalist faced controversies in Reno

One of four finalists to be the University of Tennessee’s next police chief has endured a letter of no confidence signed by 10 officers and four sergeants, as well as department scandals that include K-9 abuse and cops sending pornographic emails from university computers.

UT officials declined Monday to comment on University of Nevada Reno chief Adam Garcia’s background, including when the search committee became aware of the controversies surrounding his tenure in Reno.

Garcia, however, called the issues “old news” and said he discussed them with UT administrators during his interview on campus nearly two weeks ago.

“That was a defining moment of my employment here,” said Garcia, 54, of the 2008 letter of no confidence.



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