Junction City will soon have a new chief of police.

John Lamb of the Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff’s Department will soon lead the Junction City Police Department. JCPD has not yet released a start date for Lamb, but he’s expected to be on the job “in the very near future.”

Lamb replaces former Chief Dan Breci, who retired in September, and Interim Chief Kirt Nichols, who has filled the position since Breci left the department.

As incoming police chief, Lamb will take charge of community policing services, public safety outreach programs, and providing an integral perspective as part the city’s management team.

He comes to Junction City after 26 years serving with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department. Lamb, a native of Jacksonville, joined the sheriff’s department in 1993. He served most recently as police lieutenant over the Patrol and Community Affairs Unit as well as an assistant chief assigned to Patrol and Enforcement and Logistics and Support Services.

He oversaw roughly 150 sworn and civilian employees during his time in Jacksonville.

Upon learning he had been selected to become Junction City’s police chief, Lamb reportedly said he was “very excited to join a team of talented professionals in the Junction City Police Department who share a commitment to public service and excellence in serving the City of Junction City,” according to a press release Wednesday.

“It has been a long-term goal to serve as police chief in a community like Junction City that is committed to its police department,” Lamb said. “I truly look forward to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

He has been married to his wife, Nanette Cruz, for 28 years, and they have four children. Lamb said he has a passion for community policing, transparency in law enforcement and the development of law enforcement leaders though community engagement and interaction.

City Manager Allen Dinkel said he believes Lamb will be a good fit for the JCPD.

“I am confident that John Lamb is a wonderful match for the City of Junction City,” he said. “His deep understanding of the mechanics of police management and community engagement, coupled with his proven leadership, will be important assets for our city for years to come.”