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Chiefs of Police

Chief John McEachern

John McEachern has been Opelika’s Chief of Police since April 15, 2013. 

Chief 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).  

After 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.

From 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.

   Chief 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 Excellence.

·         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.


Assistant Chief Bob Holley

Assistant Chief Bob Holley became Opelika’s Assistant Chief of Police in a swearing in ceremony held on November 20, 2013. 

Bob Holley is a life-long resident of the City of Opelika, who graduated from OHS in 1972.  

From 1975 to 1989 he was employed at the Opelika Police Department, serving first as a Communications Dispatcher.  He transferred to the patrol units, and was promoted to Detective in 1979, serving in that division for 10 years.  

He left the OPD to serve on the Lafayette police department, and was promoted to Lieutenant with that police force.  

In 1996 he left that department to serve with the State of Alabama Department of Agriculture, Chief of Criminal investigations.  

He retired from public service in 2011.  But when he was approached to become the Assistant Chief, serving with Chief John McEachern, he stated in his own words, “It’s just my passion and love for the City of Opelika.  When I first became aware of the opportunity a fewmonths ago, I jumped at the chance to work here at home again, doing what I love to do.”