Auburn Police Chief Paul Register will take over as as the director of the city's Public Safety Department when current director Bill James retires at the beginning of March.
Register has been with the Auburn Police Division for 31 years and has served as the police chief since taking over for former chief Tommy Dawson in July 2013.
"Paul has spent the last six years leading the Auburn Police Division to the highest standards of excellence, and he has steadfastly and compassionately led our police force through challenges it has never before faced," said City Manager Jim Buston in a news release. "His professionalism and dedication to the safety of every Auburn resident is an invaluable asset. I look forward to the leadership he continues to bring to our team as he serves in this new position."
Register has a bachelor's and master's degree from Auburn University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He is a member of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also serves on the Law Enforcement Executive Board for the Middle District of Alabama, as well as the United Way and Child Advocacy Center boards.
“I have been blessed to have served the best citizens in the country for the last 31 years; the support this community has shown the Auburn Police Division during a difficult 2019 has been humbling," Register said. "I am thankful and honored to be given this additional opportunity to serve.”
James will retire March 1 after working in a number of positions since joining the city's workforce in 1987. He has served as public safety director for the last 15 years.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my 32 years with the City of Auburn," James said. "I've been afforded so many opportunities to grow from the very beginning. It has been a very rewarding career, and I am thankful for the many great coworkers I have worked with over the years. I will miss those relationships but look forward to the next phase of my life.”