New Tuskegee police chief chosen

New Tuskegee police chief chosen
Marquez James will be officially sworn in as the new Tuskegee Police Department Police Chief Friday at 2 p.m. (Source: Tuskegee Police Department)

TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - After going almost two months without a permanent police chief, Tuskegee has found former chief Lester Patrick's replacement. Montgomery native Marquez James has been chosen as the new police chief of the Tuskegee Police Department.

On March 26, it was reported that Patrick had resigned and Wesley McClain had since served as the interim.

James was appointed by the Tuskegee City Manager, and officially took his position Tuesday.

James, who now lives in Pike Road with his family, graduated with his Bachelor's degree in criminal justice/public safety from Faulkner University.

He joined the Montgomery Police Department in 2002, where he worked in the Traffic Homicide Bureau as an investigator and traffic crash reconstructionist. In 2006, James joined the Alabama State Police Department.

James spent 12 years as a member of the ASUPD. He served as a Police Lieutenant/Adjunct to the Chief of Police, mostly overseeing day-to-day operations as well as managing the department's Criminal Investigations Unit.

During his 12 years, he also instructed the ASU Violence against Women Program, which educated citizens and police on the "intricate legalities" associated with domestic violence and sexual assault.

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