On Tuesday, September 11, the Marshall City Council appointed James Marshall to be the City's next Public Safety Director.  Marshall has served 26 years with the City of Marshall Police Department, most recently at the rank of Sergeant.

Upon the retirement of current Public Safety Director, Rob Yant, the appointment includes that Marshall would assume the Director position on December 1, 2018. Yant publicly announced his retirement on August 7th of this year.

Administrator Hanson stated that after the announcement of Yant’s retirement, the City consulted with the Mayor, the City’s Personnel Committee and Human Resources Director to begin the hiring process. The vacancy was open to internal candidates of the Marshall Police Department. Mayor Bob Byrnes stated, "The City of Marshall is proud of its workforce. The Public Safety Director is an important asset to our community and we had a duty and obligation to find the best leader to take this position.”

A comprehensive interview was completed by a panel of key community representatives including the City’s Police Advisory Commission, SMSU Public Safety, Avera Regional Medical Center, City Council members, and out-going Chief Yant. These interviews resulted in a recommendation to the City Administrator on the candidate to bring forward to the Council for the appointment.

Hired in 1992, Marshall has served in various capacities within the Marshall Police Department, including: Interim Police Chief, Corporal, School Resources Officer and D.AR.E. Officer.

“We had two strong internal candidates, both who would have been excellent leaders in this position,” Hanson stated. “The task of narrowing the field to one candidate was difficult, but through this process, we concluded Sergeant Marshall’s experience as interim Police Chief, his strong leadership skills, and strategic thinking, were key factors on his selection.”

“He has continuously exhibited his dedication to the City of Marshall and is a great fit for the position”, Hanson further elaborated.

Marshall received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Mankato State University in 1990. Marshall is also a Certified Emergency Management Professional and has taken many other leadership courses in his years as a law enforcement professional.