Mobile, Ala. (WKRG-TV)–The Mobile Police Department will soon have a new police chief. Current Mobile Police Chief, Lawrence Battiste, has been promoted to the Director of Public Safety for the City of Mobile. The current Executive Director of Public Safety, James Barber, has now officially been named Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s Chief of Staff.

Assistant Chief Roy Hodge will be named the Interim Chief of Police, pending approval by the Mobile City Council on Tuesday. Hodge is the Chief of Operations with the Mobile Police Department.

Interim Chief Roy Hodge

Mayor Stimpson made a series of Administrative Appointments Thursday. You can read more about those here.

Hodge will serve as the interim chief until the 2021 mayoral election. At which time, the process to appoint a permanent police chief will began. The appointment will take longer than usual because of the upcoming election. 


Upon City Council approval, Battiste’s official start date as the new executive director of public safety is April 10, 2021.