Chief James Barber has served with the Mobile Police Department for 26 years. During his career he was assigned to various specialized units within the department to include Narcotics and Vice, Intelligence, Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement and Internal Affairs. He has commanded the Field Operations Bureau, Support Services Bureau and the Administrative Services Bureau. He attended the University of South Alabama where he received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice in 1996 and Troy State University where he received his graduate degree in Public Administration in 1997. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2004 and the prestigious National Executive Institute in 2014. Chief Barber also served on the adjunct faculty with the University of South Alabama Criminal Justice Program from 2002 through 2013.