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VRI leader Paul Smith takes new gig in New York

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Chattanooga's Public Safety Coordinator Paul Smith has taken a new position as Strategic Operations and Policy Specialist at the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY. 

Smith's role was one of the primary leaders in Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative.

“Paul is as dedicated, energetic, and creative a practitioner as anyone I’ve worked with,” says criminologist David M. Kennedy. “He has driven innovations that include a nationally unique response to victims of violence, and my organization has been sending other cities to Chattanooga to learn from what he and his partners have been doing. We are honored to bring him into this new role where he can build on and share his expertise with the field.”

“Over the last three years, Paul has worked tirelessly to make Chattanooga safer and stronger -- and his leadership will be missed throughout our community,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “That said, this is a great accomplishment and, on a personal note, I am proud and excited that Paul has the opportunity to further his expertise and help positively impact more cities across the country.”

Smith will transition to his new role with National Network for Safe Communities by May 1, 2016. The City of Chattanooga is currently interviewing candidates and is expected to announce a new Public Safety Coordinator in the coming weeks.

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