DEA Official James Akagi Named Police Chief in Tennessee

James Akagi/ oakridge gov photo
By Allan Lengel

James T. Akagi, an assistant special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City DEA office, and a 25-year veteran of the agency, has been named the new police chief for Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Oak Ridge city manager Mark Watson said Akagi, 49, began his career with the DEA in 1986, and was stationed at a number of international and domestic offices including Los Angeles, Dallas and Santo Domingo,  according to a press release. He was picked among 117 applicants.

He will head up a department of 61 sworn personnel and 17 civilians with a $6 million budget.

His salary will be $110,000, a drop from $151,269 at the DEA, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported

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