Chief’s Office

Chief of Police Office

Police Chief

Chief Paul NoelPaul Noel

During his 25-plus years with the New Orleans Police Department, Paul Noel has served as Deputy Superintendent, Chief of Detectives, Chief of Field Operations, as the Leader of the Sexual Assault Special Task Force, a Commander for the Criminal Investigation Division, and more.

Noel attended Loyola University New Orleans, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He is an avid outdoorsman, and he and his wife are proud parents of 2 children.

His first day on the job was June 13, 2022.

Assistant Chief

Assistant Chief David Powell

Assistant Chief David Powell joined the Knoxville Police Department in 1998. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in March 2024 and Deputy Chief in October 2022 after previous stints as both a Captain and Acting Deputy Chief over the Management Services Bureau. Prior to that, Powell also served as the Field Operations Bureau’s West District Commander.

He obtained a Master Degree from Liberty University in 2017.

Executive Officer

Lt. Adam Minner

Communications Manager

Scott Erland

Scott Erland is the Knoxville Police Department’s Communications Manager, and has represented the department in that role since June 2019.

Scott serves as the KPD’s direct point of contact for all media inquiries. 

Scott can be reached at