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The Town of Jackson announces the appointment of Michelle Weber as Chief of Police Chief effective January 20, 2021. Chief Weber, a 16-year-veteran of the Jackson Police Department, brings extensive law enforcement and leadership experience to the role and will build on the last six months leading the Department as Acting Chief of Police.
Weber is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, a professional course developed to improve administration of justice in police departments worldwide, a graduate of Leadership Jackson Hole and holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Leadership and Management. Weber was hired by the Town of Jackson in 1998 and has served in law enforcement since 2004.
Town Manager Larry Pardee shared that, “Chief Weber has a proven track record of commitment to community engagement and personnel development as well as being an advocate for evaluating departmental policies, procedures and operations. She is ideally situated to lead our Police Department as we look for ways to continue to improve and push our standards higher.”
In her career with the Jackson Police Department, Weber has excelled on numerous special assignments including patrol supervision, community relations, personnel training, and departmental budgeting. Prior to stepping in as the Acting Chief of Police, she was the department’s Support/Training Sergeant and supervised the Community Service and Animal Shelter branches of the organization. Since stepping in to lead the department, Chief Weber has implemented several training programs for local law enforcement including “Understanding Implicit Bias” “Crisis Intervention Training,” and “Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion.”
Jackson Mayor, Hailey Morton Levinson, called this an important time for police and community relationships in Jackson and says Chief Weber is the right person for the job. “It is a pivotal moment to be swearing in a new police chief and I am confident that with her proven leadership, Michelle is the ideal individual for the job,” said Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson. “Her commitment to protecting victims, promoting equality for all and deploying intelligent, compassionate and empathetic police officers will be important assets for our community as we move forward.”
Chief Weber has a passion for community policing, transparency in law enforcement, and the development of law enforcement leaders through community engagement and interaction. “I am humbled and honored to lead this incredible team of men and women in the Jackson Police Department as their Chief,” said Weber. “It is my goal to initiate a cultural shift within the Department to become even more community orientated, impartial, effective, and transparent.” Implementing new initiatives quickly, Weber has a Resolution for a Sexual Assault Response Team scheduled for Town Council to consider on February 1.