Mayor Selects Vance as New Jackson Police Chief

Lee Vance is Jackson’s new police chief, announced Mayor Tony Yarber around 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Mayor Yarber says Chief Vance’s 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.”


According to a statement released by the mayor, Vance has more than 27 years in law enforcement. He has served as interim chief since former Chief Lindsey Horton announced his retirement last month.


“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.

We’ll have more details on WJTV News Channel 12 at 5, 6, and 10.

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