Lexington Hires New Police Chief!
Tuesday night, Lexington’s City Council voted unanimously to offer the position of Chief of Police to Jerry Bowden of Orange, Texas. Jerry has had 41 years in law enforcement with 7 years as a DPS Lieutenant and two years as a DPS detective.
Bowden has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on Critical Incident Management; a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in Terrorism and an Associates Degree in Education.
He retired in 2009 from the Port Neches, Texas Police Department where he served for 14 years. Prior to that, he was a patrol officer in the Pinehurst, Texas Police Department for almost six years, and a State Trooper with the Louisiana State Police Department for more than 13 years. He served in the New Orleans Police Department from 1968 to 1974 in their Tactical Patrol Unit.
Bowden has received a number of citizen commendations, outside agency commendations, and awards as a result of his performance as a law enforcement officer. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received as a DPS State Police Undercover Narcotics Agent in 1978. He was chosen Lawman of the Year in 1980 in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana and he was given the American Legion Commendation for Valor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1981 at the Legion’s State Convention.
Bowden said, “I am a lifelong Christian and I serve with honesty and ethics. I have been married to Diane Bowden for 24 years and we have two grown children. My wife is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and hopes to be serving in that capacity in the Lexington area soon.”
Bowden went on to say, “Diane and I are excited about coming to Lexington and making it our home.”