Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks has accepted the position of Lincoln Police Department’s chief, GVPD Chief John Foster announced at Tuesday’s Grass Valley City Council meeting.
“We’re really proud of him and excited,” Foster said. “He’s going to be a great fit for the city of Lincoln.”
Foster’s announcement Tuesday marks Grass Valley’s fourth prominent vacancy in the last few months. The city is currently searching for its top employee, the city administrator, in addition to searching for a new fire department chief and a finance director.
“He’s going to be missed by our agency and our community,” Foster said. “He’s made his mark here, and I expect him to make his mark in Lincoln.”
Marks will replace Interim Police Chief Dan Ruden as Lincoln’s new police chief, said Lincoln City Manager Jim Estep in a Tuesday statement. He has served Grass Valley since 2007.
“Marks has a strong background in public safety, and his work history demonstrates excellent skills in communications, effective leadership and developing strong partnerships within the community,” said Estep in the statement.
“After an intensive recruiting process, it became apparent that he was the right candidate for this position, and I am sure he is going to be a great asset to the city.”
Prior to Grass Valley, Marks served two years as chief of police in Hopewell, Va., and from 1992 to 2004 worked his way up the ranks to captain at the Grand Rapid Police Department in Grand Rapids, Mich. Marks will officially begin working for Lincoln in October, Foster said, noting he will subsequently return to the Grass Valley council about a transition plan to replace the outgoing captain.
Marks has completed nearly 2,000 hours of professional training and development in law enforcement, including completion of the California POST Management and Executive courses, the University of Arkansas’ Rural Executive Management Institute and the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute — 40th Command Officer Development Course in Leadership, according to the Lincoln city website.
He holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership, a master’s in public administration with a concentration in disaster management from American Military University, as well as undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and management, according to the Lincoln city website. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in public policy administration.
Marks and his wife, Leslie, have been married over 24 years, have four children and already live in Lincoln.
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