The city of Schertz announced the appointment of James Lowery as the new police chief effective June 27.

According to the release, Lowery brings over 39 years of demonstrated law enforcement and leadership experience, beginning his career in law enforcement in 1983 with the Arlington Police Department, which named him assistant police chief in 2022.

Lowery has an extensive police education, including a Master of Science in strategic leadership and a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia.

He also has a master peace officer and police instructor’s license from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement; has over 9,000 certified hours of TCOLE career and professional training credits; and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

According to the release, he has earned numerous accolades throughout his career, including Distinguished Service Awards, Life-Saving Awards, Community Service Awards, Police Officer’s Award, Medal of Merit, SWAT Award and Honor Guard Award.

Lowery will be officially sworn into his new position before the City Council meeting June 28 at the Schertz Council Chambers, located at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz.