Stimpson Names Jim Barber as Mobile's Top Cop

Stimpson Names Jim Barber as Mobile's Top Cop

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Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson says he didn't have to look far to find Mobile's new police chief.

It's certainly a position that comes with lots of scrutiny - for any city looking to reduce it's crime rate. And today Deputy Chief Jim Barber says it's a challenge, he's been waiting for.

There's been 23 homicides so far this year and curbing crime has been a major part of Sandy Stimpson's campaign for mayor.

"To make it the most safest and family friendly city by the year 2020," said Stimpson.

Today he made the first step toward in his plan to achieving his goal - announcing deputy chief Jim Barber Chief of Police.

"These officers have my personal assurance, that we will work diligently and I will work tirelessly with the administration to make sure that they have the resources, training and the leadership that it takes for them to accomplish their mission," said Barber.

Barber has been on the force for 25 years - running for the position last term. Now at age 50, among colleagues, family and friends, he says being named Mobile's top cop is a dream come true.

"You feel like sometimes the first string quarterback on the bench watching your team play. So having that opportunity to step forward is a very exciting time for me," said Barber.

We asked about specific plans to make Mobile safer - but Barber would not comment in depth until his position is approved by the city council.

"At the appropriate time yes. You will see the evolution, the plan itself and the transparency of the police department how we intend to get where we need to be. It is my intention to leave behind a legacy when I walk away from here. And I don't think anybody could be prouder than that fact. to be given an opportunity to leave a legacy behind," he said.

Baber attended the University of South Alabama, and Troy University for his master's degree. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy. Mayor-Elect Sandy Stimpson is conducting a national search for an Executive Director of Public Safety - which is a position that has been vacant in Mobile for the past 8 years.

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