New Police Chief in Opelika
April 5, 2013
pleased that John McEachern has accepted my offer to become Opelika Police
Chief. John retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the end
of September, 2012 after 24 years of service.
Before joining the FBI he spent almost 14 years with the Opelika Police
Department. I’m confident he’ll do an outstanding job as our chief.” With those simple words, Mayor Gary Fuller
announced the name of the gentleman who would replace Chief Thomas R. Mangham,
who retired at the end of February, as the new head of Opelika’s police department.
McEachern was with the Opelika Police department from 1974 to 1988, serving in
the following divisions: Communications,
Patrol and Traffic, and the Detective Division (where he was promoted to
Corporal in 1986).
leaving the OPD he went to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI). He served in the Pittsburgh
Division from 1988 until 1993, investigating financial institution fraud,
Medicare fraud, bank robberies, fugitives and kidnapping. From 1993 to 1996 he served the FBI in Los
Angeles, CA. assigned to the violent crime squad, concentrating on gangs. In 1996 he was assigned to the Los Angeles
Division’s bank robbery squad, focusing on bank and armored carrier robberies. In 2001 he was promoted to Supervisory
Special Agent, and was responsible for the supervision of fourteen Agents and
three support personnel.
2006 to 2012 he came back to the Mobile Division, Opelika/Auburn Division
Resident Agency, and was assigned to a variety of federal violations focusing
primarily on Public Corruption and white collar crimes.
John McEachern has received several recognitions and awards during his tenure
in law enforcement, including:
2001 Recipient of
the US Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, Award for Investigative
2003 Recipient of
the Bank of America Leadership Award for Robbery Reduction, Leader of the Six
Sigma Green Belt Project.
He has also received numerous
Letters of Commendation, Quality Step Increases and Performance Awards.
McEachern’s first day of duty will be Monday, April 15, 2013.