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Veteran Assistant District Attorney Kathy Morante Joins MNPD Tomorrow as Professional Accountability Director


October 31, 2013


Veteran Nashville prosecutor Kathy Morante officially joins the Metropolitan Police Department tomorrow as director of the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), the department’s internal affairs component.
Morante, who has worked as a Davidson County assistant district attorney for the past 14 years, was the top candidate among dozens of persons from across the country who applied for the OPA position.  An interview panel consisting of Nashville community leaders John Seigenthaler, Maria Toro, Tom Negri, Hedi Weinberg and August Washington helped to narrow the field.
“We are very fortunate to have a person of Kathy’s integrity and knowledge, not only of the law, but of Nashville and this police department, to lead the Office of Professional Accountability,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “I have full confidence in her skills, abilities and fairness to all.”
During her tenure in the District Attorney’s Office, Morante was the team leader in three separate divisions of Criminal Court.  In addition, she prepared indictments, consulted with detectives in homicide and sex crimes investigations, and was the lead prosecutor in a wide range of felony matters, including approximately 30 murder cases.  Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Morante was a deputy attorney general for the State of Tennessee.
Morante is the permanent successor to attorney Kennetha Sawyers, who retired as OPA director last year.  Captain Preston Brandimore and Commander Terrence Graves each served as acting director during the interim.