After rising the ranks of the Jackson Police Department over the past 24 years, Sergio Garcia is ready to be the department’s second in command. Garcia was recently promoted to the role of Deputy Chief, a position that had been vacant since 2017.
The Jackson native has spent his entire career in law enforcement with the department, working as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. Garcia also spent time working with JNET (Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team) and the Jackson County Special Response Team. The new Deputy Chief says he’s looking forward to this role. “While this is a tough time to work in law enforcement, there is lots of work we can do to build bridges, and gain public trust,” Garcia said. “I want to challenge officers every day to do the best they can to serve the community.”
Elmer Hitt, the Director of Jackson Police and Fire Services, was the last person to hold the Deputy Chief position before he was promoted in 2017. “Sergio is well respected by his peers and subordinates alike,” said Director Hitt. “His work experience and natural leadership abilities make him an asset to the department and community. I am confident Sergio has the best interest of residents at heart and will strive to ensure the Jackson Police Department provides the highest level of police service to all.”
A Hispanic American, Deputy Chief Garcia is the first person of color to hold this position in Jackson. “Personally, it’s awesome to see. I hope to use my background and experiences to bring better relationships with the community,” Garcia said.
The Deputy Chief is second in command of the police department and steps in for the Chief of Police in their absence. They assist in the overall direction and supervision of police activities. Garcia officially started working as Deputy Chief on Aug. 7, 2021. His promotion is likely to cause movement in the police ranks and the need for promotions in the coming months.