Metro Nashville police Deputy Chief Mike Alexander died Friday morning at his home from natural causes.
Alexander, 53, was a 31-year-veteran of the department and appointed deputy chief of the investigative services bureau in May.
“In his time as Deputy Chief and member of our command staff, Mike absolutely excelled,” Chief John Drake said.
“I am among many who will deeply miss Mike.”
Alexander began his career with Metro Nashville police in February 1991 after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University. After graduating from the academy, he rotated around the central, south and west precincts before his promotion to sergeant in 2001.
In a few short years, Alexander was promoted to lieutenant, captain and then commander of the south precinct in December 2007.
Alexander remained at that post until 2013 when he was assigned department head of the Specialized Investigations Division. In that role, he oversaw operations by undercover narcotics detectives and the Investigative Team Addressing Neighborhood Shooting, also known as TITANS.
“I had full confidence in Mike’s leadership skills and his strong ability to make thoughtful, reasoned decisions, Drake said. “Mike was respected and appreciated by those under his command and throughout our police department. He talked frequently of the excellent police work being performed by the officers who reported to him.”
Alexander is survived by his wife and two adult children.
Funeral arrangements are pending, Metro Nashville police said.
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