The City of Eugene has contracted with David James to serve as Interim Executive Police Director for the Eugene Police Department while the City recruits and hires a permanent police chief. James will remain until the City's chief recruitment process is complete and a permanent chief selected in the spring of 2018.
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 allows a short overlap with Chief Pete Kerns in early December.
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.