Tennessee Inspector General, Deb Faulkner, Named FPD Deputy Chief of Police

DebFranklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey and Chief David Rahinsky have selected the State of Tennessee’s Inspector General, Deb Faulkner, as the Franklin Police Department’s next Deputy Chief. Faulkner, the City’s top-pick from more than 70 applicants, will be sworn in June 10.

Deb Faulkner was the first Inspector General for the Office of Inspector General, a State criminal investigative unit that focuses on TennCare fraud. A retired Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer, Faulkner came up through the ranks, serving in Metro’s Patrol Division and various other assignments before retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. She has her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis; her master’s in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University; and, her doctorate in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University.

“Inspector Faulkner’s accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Eric Stuckey. “She will be a great addition to a thriving team who commits themselves, every day, to keeping our city safe.” David Rahinsky, Chief of Police said, “I am abundantly proud to have Deb Faulkner join me in leading the Franklin Police Department. She is the consummate professional with the relevant experience and education that give her the drive and vision we were looking for in our next Deputy Chief.”

Deb Faulkner is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, Leadership Middle Tennessee, and Leadership Franklin. She is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and past president of the Tennessee Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Faulkner has served as an adjunct faculty member at Trevecca University, Cumberland University, and Tennessee State University where she has taught classes in Sociology, Criminal Deviancy, and the Management of Law Enforcement Agencies.

Faulkner is the past President for the Fifty Forward Board, YWCA, and the Susan G. Komen Nashville Affiliate. She has also served on the boards of the Girl Scouts, Goodwill, Catholic Charities, CABLE, and Building Lives of Vets. Deb Faulkner is a recipient of the Athena Award, and was also inducted into the Academy for Women of Achievement. She received the Girl Scout’s Volunteer Award, CABLE’s Spirit of Leadership Award, the Molly Todd Cup, and the Fifty Forward Harriet Foley Leadership Award.

“Community service is my top priority,” said Deb Faulkner. “Franklin is home, and I cannot wait to serve this city, its residents, and its police officers.”