Chief of Police James Barber has served 29 years at the Mobile Police Department. During his career, Chief Barber gained a wide range of experience serving in Narcotics and Vice, Intelligence, Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement, and Internal Affairs. He commanded the Field Operations, Support Services and the Administrative Services bureaus before being named Chief of Police in 2013.
Chief Barber graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He received his master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute.
From 2002 to 2013, Chief Barber served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of South Alabama.
Currently, he holds memberships with the FBI National Academy, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Alabama Chiefs of Police Association, and the FBI’s National Executive Institute.
Over the years, Chief Barber has received several Distinguished Service Medallions as well as the Officer of the Year award. However, he is most proud of the Distinguished Service Medallion presented to him by the officers of Mobile Police Department.