HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - After a 21 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Stewart, 57, has been selected as police chief of Hammond, pending the approval of the City Council on June 28.
Stewart was selected from a group of 37 applicants by a committee comprised of Hammond mayor Pete Panepinto, director of administration Lacy Landrum, and human resources director Loretta Severan. Mayor Panepinto said he selected Stewart because, "He has a diverse civil rights background, an emphasis of community policing, and a vision for modernizing the police department."
With over 35 years of law enforcement experience, Stewart has worked with the FBI in Pensacola, Washington D.C., Alexandria, and Manhattan. He also served with the NOPD for more than 12 years and spent two years with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. He has worked in street crime units, narcotics units, and homicide units, among many others.
Stewart is a graduate of Loyola University and says his greatest accomplishment in joining the FBI and being successful in his profession. He has won many awards, including the Medal of Valor for Bravery from the NOPD and the 2004 Threat Task Force Excellence in Investigations award from the Department of Justice.