Scott Cothran

Owner/Chief operations

Scott Cothran is a lifelong resident of Nashville, TN. He was also a second generation Police Officer for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department; serving the Metro Nashville Police Department with distinction for almost 17 years. 

He spent the majority of his career as a Detective on investigative units to include the Gang Unit in the Special Investigations Division. Scott was responsible for intelligence gathering on criminal street gangs in Nashville.  In 2011, while on the Gang Unit he was awarded "Investigator of the Year" for the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

Scott then went on to join the Narcotics Unit in the Special Investigations Division.  As a detective of the Narcotics team he was responsible for investigating large scale drug operations which spanned as far as California.  As a member of the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association he was awarded multiple awards for the largest drug seizures in the State of TN and in 2013 he won the Middle District Officer of the Year for TN.  In 2014 He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked in the Patrol Division supervising a team of Officers and working with residents on ways to reduce crime. 

In 2015 he took an early retirement and accepted a job at Aramark supervising a team that conducted background investigations in the Adjudication Department.  His team was responsible for conducting approx. 30,000 background checks a year. Missing his true calling of conducting investigations he decided to start The Cothran Group LLC Private Investigations.