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Former Tazewell Police Chief Passes Away

August 23, 2012 | Virginia News

News Image The first African American police chief in Tazewell, Virginia has passed away. Former Police Chief James A. Higginbotham died over the weekend from an illness.

Higginbotham served the city of Tazewell as it's police chief from 1987 to 1994. He was also previously a deputy with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office.

Higginbotham was about 86-years-old.

The Tazewell Police Department will hold a Memorial Service in honor of Chief Higginbotham on Friday August 24th at 5:00pm at the American Legion Building in Tazewell. This will be open to the public.

The VACP has been researching and believes Chief Higginbotham may have been one of the first African American police chiefs in Virginia.  We'd love to hear about any agency's first black police chiefs (some of whom we know are currenly serving), but particularly if any served prior to 1987. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any information.