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Chambers named TJC director of public safety

Brent Chambers has been named director of public safety at Tyler Junior College.

He began his duties today. He will direct the TJC Campus Police Department.

“A proactive approach to safety and security is paramount, as we value every one of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. “Having Brent Chambers join the leadership team at TJC validates the institution’s commitment to student and community success, within a safe environment.”

Chambers retired from the FBI this month. Since 2010, he had served as supervisory senior resident agent for the East Texas resident agencies where he oversaw all FBI investigations and operations across 30 counties and offices including Lufkin, Texarkana and Tyler.

He was responsible for all operations, cases and 52 personnel, as well as the Safe Streets Task Force, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Transnational Organized Crime Task Forces. He oversaw all high-profile kidnappings, extortions and other federal violent crime cases.

He served as a member of the FBI Headquarters Inspection staff, which investigated agent-involved shootings and inspected the overall operations and management of FBI field offices across the country.

He acted as an on-scene commander for major events where a command post was necessary and coordinated FBI activities with other federal, state and local agencies.

From 1997 until 2010, Chambers served in FBI resident agencies in Dallas, Frisco and Plano, where he investigated violations of federal law, requested grand jury subpoenas, conducted extensive background and analytical work to ensure the elements of the criminal activity occurred.

He served as team leader for the FBI Evidence Response Team, which called for deployments following the World Trade Center and Columbia Space Shuttle tragedies, agent-involved shootings, and numerous homicide and kidnapping scenes.

In 2009, he was named Federal Agent of the Year by the North Texas Crime Commission.

Mejia added, “We have known of his expertise for some time, and we believe that he will complement current efforts and strategically leverage and launch best practices related to security and safety.”

A native of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Chambers earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Bachelor of Science in business from Western Oregon State University, and an Associate of Arts and Science from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho.

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