Following a competitive selection and recruitment process, the City of Schertz announces the appointment of a new Police Chief, James Lowery effective Monday, June 27, 2022. Chief Lowery will be officially sworn into his new position before the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Schertz Council Chambers.
Chief Lowery brings over 39 years of demonstrated law enforcement and leadership experience to Schertz. He has a proven track record of developing effective partnerships with diverse citizen groups, and demonstrates the pillars of procedural justice: fairness, voice, transparency, and impartiality as the cornerstone of law enforcement. He has earned numerous accolades throughout his career including Distinguished Service Awards, Life-Saving Awards, Community Service Awards, Police Officer’s Award, Medal of Merit, SWAT Award, and Honor Guard Award.
Lowery began his career in law enforcement in 1983 with the Arlington Police Department and rose through the ranks until he was named assistant police chief in 2022.
“Schertz is excited to announce the hiring of Jim Lowery as the new Chief of Police. Chief Lowery is a proven, excellent leader who will provide outstanding vision and direction to our Police Department. He possesses community-focused values that will be a superb representation of the department in our community. We look forward to welcoming him to our City,” said City Manager Dr. Mark Browne.
Lowery has a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University in Beckley, WV. He also holds a Master Peace Officer and Police Instructor’s License from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and has over 9,000 certified hours of TCOLE career and professional training credit. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT).
“I am honored and excited to be entrusted with this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to wearing the badge of SPD and working alongside the men and women of this awesome agency. Working collaboratively with our sister city employees we are committed to building upon and enhancing the culture of the police department's community policing and exceptional service to all members of the community. This can be further accomplished by working to establish genuine relationships built upon trust and transparency.” said Chief Lowery.