MAYOR WALT MADDOX APPOINTS NEW CHIEF OF POLICE

Tuscaloosa Police Department

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has conditionally appointed a new chief of police, it was announced Monday. Lt. Brent Blankley will be the head of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, effective March 3, pending approval from the Tuscaloosa City Council.

“I am happy to announce Lt. Brent Blankley as the next chief of police for the City of Tuscaloosa Police Department,” Mayor Walt Maddox said in a press release. “The appointment for the position of chief is not one that I have taken lightly, and I have taken into account the recommendations of the community, City staff and many current and former police officers. I have full confidence in Lt. Blankley’s experience, and know that he deeply cares for the department and its officers, and will lead our department with integrity and dedication.”

Blankley joined the Tuscaloosa Police Department in 2006 after graduating with a degree in criminal justice from the University of North Alabama in 2005. In his time with the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Blankley has worked in various roles, including as a patrol officer, public information officer, criminal justice intern coordinator, Tuscaloosa County Crime Stopper coordinator and more. He most recently served as commander of a municipal security.

The search for the new police chief began in October with a public survey that was completed by 1,197.

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