East Ridge City Manager Andrew Hyatt has appointed James “JR” Reed to the position of East Ridge Police Chief.
In August 2013, Public Safety Director Eddie Phillips, who was the City’s Fire and Police Chief, retired, leaving officials to either name a new public safety director or separate the two positions. After an extensive interview process, Mr. Reed came out as the top choice, it was stated.
Chief Reed has over 24 years of experience with the city of East Ridge Police Department.
He began his career in 1989 as an unpaid reserve officer.
He has received numerous commendations and recognitions over his career, such as ACTS Council Officer of the Year in 2003 and East Ridge Police Department Officer of the year in 2013.
Chief Reed is a resident of East Ridge having moved here with his family in 1964. He will assume his duties on Monday.