City of Demopolis Public Safety Director Chief Tommie Reese Sr. has been appointed to serve as new Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Steve Marshall made the announcement on Thursday confirming news that first broke Nov. 14 when Reese resigned from his Demopolis post, effective Dec. 26.
“I am pleased that Chief Tommie Reese will serve as my new liaison with Alabama’s law enforcement community,” Marshall said. “Chief Reese brings over 30 years of varied law enforcement experience from the State to the local level and is well known and respected by his peers. In particular, he has served the people of Demopolis and Marengo County with distinction and I look forward to his leadership on my team come January.”
In his new capacity, Reese will work with law enforcement agencies across the state to develop training programs, to notify officers of changes in criminal law, and to facilitate communication and cooperation between the Attorney General’s Office and law enforcement statewide.
“I am truly honored by the opportunity to work with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office under Attorney General Steve Marshall as his Law Enforcement Coordinator,” said Reese. “It is going to be a privilege to continue my professional career by serving the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens of the State of Alabama in this position. I look forward to continuing the good work of those who served before me, while making Alabama an even better place for its citizens.”
A native of Demopolis, Reese began his law enforcement career with the Alabama Department of Public Safety in 1985. He later joined the Demopolis Police Department as a Patrolman. In 1991, he joined the Marengo County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. In 1994, he was appointed to Chief Deputy where he served until he was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Demopolis in 2009. During his tenure as Chief, he has focused on crime prevention and combining community-police partnerships. He developed The Demopolis Citizens Police Academy (CPA) and The Demopolis Police Youth Leadership Academy (DPYLA) which have strengthened a greater Police-Community effort in resolving crime and community issues. In 2017, Reese was appointed Director of Public Safety expanding his oversight to include both the Demopolis police and fire departments.
Reese holds a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the distinguished FBI National Academy Session 210th, Quantico, Virginia. He is further recognized as a Certified Chief of Police by the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police and as a Certified Law Enforcement Executive by the Alabama Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission. He currently serves as the President of the Alabama Peace Officer’s Association and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He served two terms as the President of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police.
Reese replaces former AG Law Enforcement Coordinator Chris Carden who retired from State service in September.
He will begin work in the Attorney General’s Office in January.