City manager Marlon Brown has announced the appointment of Capt. James Rieser as chief of police of the Sarasota Police Department. Rieser, who has almost 30 years of experience, will serve as the Sarasota’s 12th police chief. He will begin his new position at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Rieser joined the department in April 1992. He has served in the Patrol Division, Professional Standards Division, Narcotics and Criminal Investigations Division, and most recently was the commander of the Support Services Division. During his service, he’s been awarded a Life-Saving Medal, Distinguished Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, as well as several commendations.