Chief of Police
The Chief of Police is responsible for overall leadership of every department member and is committed to serving our community to enhance the quality of life and to nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics.
Meet Chief Gary L. Goodwin
Chief Gary Goodwin began his law enforcement career with the Metro Nashville Police Department in September of 1975 in the Communications Division. He graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1980 and worked with the Metro Park Police. In 1981, Chief Goodwin joined the Metro Nashville Police Department and graduated from their training academy. He accepted assignments at various ranks in Patrol, Homicide Division, District Attorney General's Office, Vice and Training. He then served as the Executive Officer for the Field Operations Deputy Chief until his retirement in November of 2012. At Metro Nashville Police Department, he served 37 years in law enforcement service. In December of 2012, Gary Goodwin was hired at Goodlettsville Police Department as Chief of Police.
Chief Goodwin has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Management from Austin Peay State University and is a graduate of the F.B. I. Academy.
Commander Okert started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer at the Gallatin Police Department. While at Gallatin Police Department, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Danny left Gallatin and was hired with the Goodlettsville Police Department in 1988. Since his hire date, he has achieved the rank of Commander and is over Field Operations which includes the entire Patrol Division that is comprised of four different details. Commander Okert is also over the fleet of the department. Commander Okert oversees the Department’s Traffic Fatality Team. Commander Okert is a 2014 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Police Staff and Command School.
Commander Audra Cherry started her law enforcement career in 1994 as a dispatcher. She came to Goodlettsville Police Department in 1999 as a patrol officer and attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. She was appointed to the rank of Commander in 2015. Commander Cherry currently supervises the Training Division and the Communications Division, and is the Accreditation Manager for the Department. She also serves as the Community Coordinator and coordinates the Citizens Police Academy, NNO Against Crime, and the Neighborhood Watch Program. Commander Cherry is an elected board member of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers’ Association. She is a POST certified instructor in several subjects including EVO and Master Instructor. Audra is a 2013 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Police Staff and Command School and is currently enrolled at Bethel University.
Commander James Driver graduated from Goodlettsville High School in 1986 and went on to graduate from the University of Western Kentucky with a degree in Psychology in 1991. James started his career with the Goodlettsville Police Department as a dispatcher in 1992. James graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in December of 1992. While in patrol James rose to the rank of Sergeant. In 2015 James was appointed to the rank of Commander and is a 2015 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Police Staff and Command School. James is over the Investigations Division, Records, and the radio system.
Jason DeLoach started his law enforcement career as a Communications Officer in 1994. He went to the patrol division in 1995. Jason was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2015. Jason is the department’s Training Supervisor which entails organizing Patrol In-Services and ensuring the Department is POST compliant. Sergeant DeLoach is currently the Range Master for the Police Department and is a POST certified EVO Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, and GLOCK and AR armorer for the police department. Sergeant DeLoach also holds the responsibility of supervising the Field Training Officer Program. He is the Department’s Terrorism Liaison Officer and a member of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers Training Association. Sergeant DeLoach is a 2017 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Police Staff and Command School.