Nashville’s police chief, HR director both suspended


Nashville police Chief John Winstead and Nashville Human Resources Director Matt Joyner late last month were suspended indefinitely with pay, Town Manager Randy Lansing said Friday afternoon.

Lansing cited the part of state law protecting the privacy of municipal employee records as the reason he could not say why he took the action on Sept. 27 against Winstead and Joyner.

Lansing said that Deputy Chief David Boykin is in charge of the police department in the interim. Lansing also said that he and members of his staff are handling human resources responsibilities for the time being.

Winstead, who was hired in July 2019 and who was appointed chief in August 2022, is being paid $85,122 a year.

Prior to joining the Nashville Police Department, Winstead had been with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office since 2003, having worked his way up the ranks from corporal to sergeant.

Joyner, who was hired in May 2022, is being paid $70,000 a year. Joyner previously worked as a 911 telecommunicator in Wilson County.