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City of Eugene announces Interim Executive Police Director

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EUGENE, Ore. - The City of Eugene announced on Tuesday night that 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 has more than 44 years of experience in municipal law enforcement and is director of Law Enforcement Leadership & Management Consulting, LLC. He 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.

"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.”

The City of Eugene is expecting to hire a new police chief in the spring of 2018.

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