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Rex Marks out as Lincoln Police Chief

City manager mum on investigation
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Rex Marks vital statistics

Age: 50

Hired: Lincoln police chief in September 2013

Career: Captain with Grass Valley Police Department from 2007 to 2013. Marks was previously police chief of Hopewell, Va. Police Department and captain with Grand Rapids, Mich. Police Department.

Education: Master’s degree in organizational leadership and graduate certificate in teaching and learning from Norwich University;  and master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in disaster management from American Military University.

Family: Wife of 27 years, Leslie, and four children.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday

Lincoln Police Chief Rex Marks resigned Friday morning, according to Lincoln City Manager Matt Brower.

 “As of this morning, he is no longer with the city and is exploring other professional and private interests,” Brower told The News Messenger Friday. “I met with him this morning and the transition began this morning.”

Marks was hired in September 2013, according to Lincoln public information officer Jill Thompson.

Calls to Marks were not returned, as of press time Wednesday.

Brower said state law precludes him from commenting on whether Marks’ resignation was connected to a recent independent investigation into concerns filed with the city manager by the Lincoln Peace Officers Association. Brower would also not comment as to whether the investigation was finished.

“I’m unable to disclose any information regarding the internal investigation,” Brower said. “I wish him nothing but the best in this new chapter.”

“I have great admiration for Chief Marks and the work he’s done,” Brower said. “He was very visible and vibrant in the community. He was a breath of fresh air.”

Brower said Marks resigned as police chief during a 45-minute meeting Friday morning at City Hall.

“He turned in all his issued items,” Brower said.

Brower added that Sgt. Brent Craft was acting chief through the 4th of July holiday weekend and that an interim replacement would be named early next week. Brower said a reasonable timeline for the recruitment process to find Marks’ replacement is about 120 days, subject to the candidates and their qualifications. Brower would not specify if an interim chief would be chosen internally or externally.

“I anticipate the recruitment will involve the police department staff and city officials,” Brower said. “The public has to have confidence and buy-in in the decision.”

A copy of Marks’ severance package was not available to The Lincoln News Messenger, as of press time Wednesday. Thompson said city staff was working on the request made Tuesday by The Lincoln News Messenger.