Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he has appointed Assistant Chief Brian Jackson as Interim Chief of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD), effective February 27. A search is under way for a permanent replacement for Police Chief Jim Peschong, who is retiring February 26 after a 40-year career in law enforcement.
"Assistant Chief Jackson has more than three decades of law enforcement experience and is managing several large projects at LPD," Mayor Beutler said. "His education and wide variety of assignments with LPD have prepared him well to lead the Police Department as the selection process for a permanent Chief proceeds." Jackson is not applying for the permanent position.
Jackson has been the Assistant Chief for four years, commanding the Operations and Support Divisions. His law enforcement career began in 1985 with the Hastings Police Department, and he joined LPD in 1987. His assignments within LPD have included management of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Drug Task Force, shift commander, department armorer, technical criminal investigations and community services. Jackson has a bachelor's degree from Doane College and a master's of public administration from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. He is an adjunct instructor for the University of Nebraska, teaching criminal justice classes on the Lincoln and Omaha campuses. Jackson also attended the 233rd FBI National Academy. He is a Past President of the Police Officers Association of Nebraska and currently serves on its Executive Board.
"It is an honor to serve as a police officer," Jackson said. "It is a greater pleasure to be able to serve in that capacity in a community such as Lincoln where the police and citizens work cooperatively to make the City safe and quality of life high. The men and women of LPD are true professionals, and I am honored to lead them in this capacity. I greatly appreciate the trust and faith bestowed by Mayor Beutler in making this temporary appointment."
The Lincoln Police Department is nationally accredited and currently has about 470 employees.
More information on LPD is available at police.lincoln.ne.gov.