Lee Vance is a native of Jackson, MS and a lifelong resident of Hinds County. Educated in the Jackson Public School system, he is a 1976 graduate of Lanier High School. He is also a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in Mass Communications. In 1987, he graduated from the Jackson Police Department training academy. This was the beginning of a 30 year career with that agency. During that time, Vance served in many different positions. Such as Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, Acting Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief. In July of 2014, Mayor Tony Yarber named him acting Police Chief. Later that year in October, Mayor Yarber named him Chief of the Jackson Police Department. Chief Vance served in this position until his retirement in December of 2017. During his tenure, Chief Vance received numerous awards and recognitions. In each year of his tenure, the city saw significant crime reductions. For the first time in history, the Jackson Police Department became accredited! Chief Vance is a father of five adult children and seven grandchildren. He also is a member of Anderson United Methodist church.
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