JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - Mayor Tony Yarber has officially named Lee Vance as Jackson's new Chief of Police, saying his experience in law enforcement and commitment to community collaboration made him the right person for the job.
"He has proven leadership and respect in the community and among the rank and file in the Jackson Police Department," Yarber said. "He also shares the administration's vision for a holistic approach to crime-fighting and crime prevention."
Vance is a 27 year veteran with the Jackson Police Department.
"I'm honored Mayor Yarber has entrusted me with this crucial public safety position. This is my hometown, and the well-being of Jackson citizens is my top priority," Vance said.
Vance is certified and trained in management, preparedness, leadership and other various aspects of law enforcement. He rose through the ranks in the JPD, serving as patrol officer, public information officer, patrol sergeant, police lieutenant and commander.