Barber To Be Appointed Police Chief

Barber To Be Appointed Police Chief

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MOBILE, Alabama -

Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson is expected to officially announce his new police chief and fire chief.

News 5 learned Thursday that the new police chief will be James Barber.

Barber is currently the Deputy Chief and oversees the Field Operations Bureau.

Back in August Barber hit the campaign trail with Stimpson. He's actually been a front runner for police chief in recent years. In 2010, he and outgoing chief Micheal T. Williams were up for the job.

Barber currently oversees the Mounted Patrol Unit, Central Events Mini Precinct, the Traffic Safety Unit, Tactical Response Unit, Jaguar Detail, Homeland Security and Marine Detail.

Stimpson's camp isn't saying much today, but his Chief of Staff responded with this:

"The mayor-elect is busy assembling his team and identifying the appropriate organizational structure that will work to make Mobile the safest, most business and family-friendly city in America by 2020. Tomorrow, he will name is choices for police and fire-rescue chiefs."

Chief Stephen Dean announced Wednesday that he's out. Less than 2 months ago he told us he had no plans of leaving.

There's no word yet on who his replacement will be.

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