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Posted on: November 22, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City of Eugene Announces Contract with Interim Executive Police Director David James

The City of Eugene is pleased to announce David James will serve as Interim Executive Police Director for the Eugene Police Department while the City recruits and hires a permanent police chief. James will start on December 11, 2017, and remain until the City's chief recruitment process is complete and a permanent chief selected in the spring of 2018.


James has more than 44 years of experience in municipal law enforcement and is director of Law Enforcement Leadership & Management Consulting, LLC, where he provides management related consulting services to public entities and private businesses, as well as interim municipal executive services. 


James retired as chief of the Carrollton, Texas, Police Department in 2010, where he served a community of more than 121,000 with 163 authorized sworn officers and 80 non-sworn personnel. Prior to his appointment in Carrollton, James retired from the Dallas Police Department (DPD) after 21 years of service. At the time of his retirement he held the rank of captain and served as the director of Training. James has served as an interim police chief for the City of McKinney, Texas, the Town of Flower Mound, Texas, and the City of Colleyville, Texas.


James was retained through the services of Strategic Government Research (SGR), the firm selected by the City of Eugene to recruit a new Eugene police chief in the wake of Chief Pete Kerns' retirement. To ensure a smooth transition, the contract with James will allow a short overlap with Chief Pete Kerns in early December.


"David is an experienced law enforcement professional with an extensive law enforcement background, including over 15 years of successful service as chief for a police department similar in size to ours,” said Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz.  “He has repeatedly demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for leading police organizations while they search for a permanent chief.  Throughout his career, David has demonstrated a commitment to creating a welcoming, inclusive and safe community for everyone.  I am confident that David will bring that same commitment to Eugene.” 


Because of his extensive policing experience, James will be able to quickly transition into the position and maintain day-to-day operations, while the City continues recruiting a permanent chief.  James will also assist in the recruiting process, while maintaining momentum already started on EPD’s Strategic Plan and the recently completed PERF study and recommendations.  He will also co-lead the Community justice Initiative.


James has served as president of the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) and chairman of TPCA's Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Committee. James is an alumnus of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian College and is a graduate of the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration’s Command and Management College, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. (See biography of David James)


The City of Eugene is expecting to hire a new police chief in the spring of 2018. The chief's position was posted on SGR's website on November 15 and will be live until January 12, 2018. View the Police Chief job posting 

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