The city of Greensboro has selected a new Chief of Police.  

Deputy Chief Brian L. James will assume his new role as police chief on February 1. The 49-year-old Greensboro native will succeed Wayne Scott, who is retiring at the end of this month.

Greensboro City Manager David Parrish said in a news release that James was selected following a national search and extensive interview process.

James joined the Greensboro force in 1996. He's worked in a number of department branches including the Criminal Investigations Division and Police Neighborhood Resource Center. He currently serves as the Bureau Commander of the Patrol Division.

James is a graduate of Page High School and North Carolina A&T. He also attended the Administrative Officer's Management program at NC State.

James said in a statement he is humbled and honored to be selected as Chief of Police in his hometown.

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