EUGENE, Ore. -- There will be a new addition to the Eugene Police Department next month.
David James will serve as Interim Executive Police Director while the City continues to search for a permanent Chief.
James is a Texas native with more than 44 years of law enforcement experience.
"I think he'll do a great job for this 3, 4 or 5 month period...really helping us transition and getting ready for a permanent Police Chief," said City Manager Jon Ruiz.
Ruiz said James will have the same duties and responsibilities as a Police Chief, but his title is different because he's not a certified Officer in Oregon.
Ruiz said James will help them maintain day to day operations within the department, so the City can continue looking for a Chief.
Ruiz said the recruiting firm the City is using to hire a new Chief recommended James for this position.
He said the City is on schedule with that process, saying the expectation is to hire a permanent Police Chief this spring.
Until then, James will be in Eugene and Ruiz said he'll be bringing a lot of experience with him.
"Over 15 years of that being a police chief in communities in similar size to Eugene, and so that has a lot of appeal. He has a lot of experience and knowledge," said Ruiz.
Because of that, Ruiz said he'll be able hit the ground running when he starts on December 11th.