Public Safety

PUBLIC SAFETY

John Chlarson : Public Works Consultant, MTAS

John Chlarson

Public Works Consultant, MTAS

731.425.4785 | 605 Airways Blvd. Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
john.chlarson@tennessee.edu

Jackson IPS Office Manager (former)

Secretary, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association

Secretary (ad-hoc), Tennessee Stormwater Association

Former Fleet Chair, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association

Former Education Co-Chair,Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association

Former Branch President, West Tennessee Branch, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association

B.S., Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University

John Chlarson has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of engineering applications, having worked for government, industry, and private consulting. He established and ran a materials testing laboratory approved by the Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy.  He has also been the engineer in responsible charge for engineering offices for firms in both Tennessee and Kentucky. Mr. Chlarson was also a City Engineer, responsible, among other things, for a comprehensive Storm Water Management Program.  He has had extensive experience in the design, review, and implementation of storm water control structures and measures.

John Chlarson was the lead in MTAS’s role as the prime contractor for the Tennessee Department of Environments and Conservation’s  EPA Construction Stormwater Initiative Grant to develop selection criteria and training programs for stormwater Qualified Local Programs. John assisted Robert Haley, (former) Assistant Manager of the Permit Section of the Division of Water Pollution Control, in developing Tennessee’s first Phase II Permit and NOI, and the Annual Report.  John also worked with Sidney J. Hemsley, J.D., in co-authoring a statewide Model Stormwater Ordinance and a statewide Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance for municipalities in the State of Tennessee.  John has also assisted in the presentation of several previous Phase II classes across the State of Tennessee.  He is actively involved in monitoring developments in the NPDES Phase II permit regulations, and is the lead contact on Phase II for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service.

Greg Coker : Specialist, LEIC

Greg Coker

Specialist, LEIC

865.947.3201 | 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
greg.coker@tennessee.edu

Greg Coker Joined UT’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) Team in April 2016 as a Training Coordinator for the numerous courses facilitated and conducted by the LEIC. Greg came to LEIC after a 26 year career with the Knoxville Police Department where he retired as a Lieutenant. During his police career, he served in the Criminal Investigations Division, the Patrol Division, and the Support Services Division. His leadership positions included assignments with supervisory responsibility over Patrol squads, Records, Crime Analysis, Technical Services, and the Organized Crime/Narcotics Unit. He served on special teams including the Special Operations Squad, the Search and Rescue Team, and the Mobile Field Force. Greg served on the Governor’s Counter Terrorism task force and taught in the area of Homeland Security. Greg also served as the department’s Primary Defensive Tactics Instructor and was a firearms instructor assisting with those curricula at the Knoxville Police Department’s Training Academy. Prior to beginning work with the police department in 1990, Greg served three years on active duty in the United States Army in the Military Police Corps. Continuing on to 26 years of combined service in the Army Reserve and National Guard, Greg also worked as a Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Specialist, a Civil Affairs Specialist, and a Cavalry Scout.

Greg is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University.

Steven Cross : Fire Management Consultant, MTAS

Steven Cross

Fire Management Consultant, MTAS

615.532.7108 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd., Suite 606, Nashville, TN 37219
steven.cross@tennessee.edu

Steven Cross is a Fire Management Consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS).  After serving more than 30-years in local and state government, he joined MTAS on July 9, 2017.  His duties include providing technical assistance and consulting services for municipal, county, and state governemnt leaders in areas of leadership and fire rescue department and emergency services management as well as serving as a resource for state-wide professional associations.

Steven joined the fire service as a municipal firefighter in 1986.  He served for over 27 years with the Columbia Fire Department, the last 17 years as Columbia’s Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, Steven served in the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office's Fire Fighting Personnel Standards and Education Commission. 

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University in Forrest City, Iowa
  • Associate of Science in Fire Science Administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama
  • Technical Certificate in Fire Science from Volunteer State Community College in Gallating, Tennessee
  • Emergency Medical Responder from the State of Tennessee
  • Fire Officer Level IV IFSAC / ProBoard from Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Chief Fire Officer designation (CFO), Commission on Fire Accreditation International
  • Internationsl Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
  • Tennessee All Hazards Incident Management Team
  • Public Entity Risk Management, Insurance Institute of America
 

 

Dana Deem : Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS

Dana Deem

Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS

731.881-7567 | 474 Clement Hall, 210 Hurt St., Martin, TN 38238
dana.deem@tennessee.edu

I grew up in the Washington DC. area.  After high school I enlisted in the Air Force and served 21 years, living overseas in the Philippines and Germany.  After the Air Force I went to work for the City of McKenzie, Tennessee as their City recorder and Finance Director.  Before joining the IPS staff in 2010, I served the City of Clifton, Tennessee as their City Manager.

Chuck Gluck : Safety Consultant, CIS

Chuck Gluck

Safety Consultant, CIS

865.974.6621 | 105 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996
chuck.gluck@tennessee.edu

I have been in the Fire service for 37 years. I became the first Haz Mat Inspector in the City of San Jose, Califonia. I am an OSHA outreach instructor and a Past International Association of Firefighters outreach instructor. I had a Occupational Safety Company in California, from 1990 to 2008. Relocated to east Tennessee, to be close to grandkids. 

Keith Groves : Solutions Consultant, CIS

Keith Groves

Solutions Consultant, CIS

731.425.4779 | 605 Airways Blvd., Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
keith.groves@tennessee.edu

            Keith Groves, Resource Program Manager, joined The University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service – Center for Industrial Services in March of 2005.  The Center focuses on strengthening manufacturing in Tennessee to secure jobs for the citizens of our state.

            Prior to joining the Center for Industrial Services, Keith worked in retail sales for 11 years and in manufacturing for 16 years.  During the 16 years in manufacturing, he became involved in Lean Manufacturing and has worked extensively in Lean Manufacturing since 1995.  In 2006, Keith worked in the development of a new program for the center called Business Transformation. This is a holistic approach to moving businesses into the future with the tools to increase their ability to compete in a global market and improve profitability.

            In 2011 Lean for Government was a program implemented in State Government to focus on improving processes and to train state employees on Lean Methodologies, Keith has been the core deliverer for this process.

Walter Idol : Health and Safety Team Leader, CIS

Walter Idol

Health and Safety Team Leader, CIS

865.974.2009 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
walter.idol@tennessee.edu
Bryan Lane : OSHA Safety Consultant, CIS

Bryan Lane

OSHA Safety Consultant, CIS

615.319.7462 | 193 Polk Ave., Suite C, Nashville, TN 37210
bryan.lane@tennessee.edu
Jeff Lindsey : Program Enrichment Manager, LEIC

Jeff Lindsey

Program Enrichment Manager, LEIC

865.946.3201 | 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
jeff.lindsey@tennessee.edu

Jeff Lindsey joined UT’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) Team in January 2016 as the Program Manager. In the Program Manager’s role he is responsible for ensuring all of the LEIC’s offerings, to include the National Forensic Academy, leadership, and specialty courses, are highly effective and relevant to the needs of law enforcement practitioners. Lindsey came to the LEIC after a 26 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his FBI career, he served in a variety of investigative, tactical, training, senior leadership, and program/project management assignments in the field, as well as within headquarters entities. He had been an active FBI-certified instructor in several areas throughout his career since 1990. Of note, Lindsey served as a Supervisor, Instructor, and Program Manager in the FBI Academy’s Physical Training and Firearms Training Units and the Leadership Development Institute. Prior to entering on duty with the FBI in 1989, Lindsey served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and as an Airborne-Ranger qualified Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army.

In addition to being a graduate of several FBI leadership and executive development courses, Lindsey is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff residence course and the U.S. Army War College Defense Strategy Course. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Carson – Newman College, a Master of Military Studies Degree from the Marine Corps University, and a Doctor of Philosophy of Education with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. His dissertation research focused on the leadership development needs of rising law enforcement leaders.

David Moore : Police Management Consultant, MTAS

David Moore

Police Management Consultant, MTAS

731-881-7057 | 474 Clement Hall, 210 Hurt St., Martin, TN 38238
david.moore@tennessee.edu

David Moore serves as a Police Management Consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Assistance Service (MTAS), an agency within UT’s Institute for Public Service.  In this role, David provides assistance to municipalities across the State of Tennessee on all issues involving policing.  He has served with UT MTAS since 2019.

Prior to joining UT MTAS, David spent a career with the City of Martin Tennessee Police Department beginning as a dispatcher in 1989 while attending the University of Tennessee Martin and ultimately retiring as the City of Martin’s Chief of Police in 2015.

In 2015, David transition from a consulting role with Savant Learning Systems to the full time role as Vice President of the Law Enforcement Training Division known as Virtual Academy.  In this role, David was responsible for product design and implementation, marketing and sales, and identifying subject matter experts and development of training to meet the needs of law enforcement across the nation. 

In 2017, David joined the faculty at UT Martin as a lecturer of Criminal Justice in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.  He served in this role until beginning his current role with UT MTAS in January of 2019.

David holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin, a Master of Science Degree from Bethel University, and is a graduate of the 195th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia.  David served on the Executive Board of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) for a decade and is a Past President of the TACP.

David lives in Martin with his wife Lisa.  David has two children, two son’s-in-law, and two grandchildren all living in Martin.