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Charlottesville lieutenant named police chief of Louisa

September 24, 2014 | Virginia News

After four decades of serving with the Charlottesville Police Department, Lt. Ronnie Roberts will retire early next month and take over the reins as police chief in the town of Louisa, town officials confirmed Tuesday.

Roberts, who has worked as a patrol officer, a dispatcher, traffic division supervisor and patrol supervisor, as well as his most recent stint as department spokesman, will begin his tour of duty in Louisa on Oct. 6.

“We’re very lucky to have him joining us because he brings so much experience and knowledge of law enforcement,” said Louisa Mayor R. Garland Nuckols. “He’s a wealth of information when it comes to law enforcement and community involvement.”

Roberts, 59, will replace former town Chief Jessie L. Shupe, who left the department in June to take the helm of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority Public Safety Department.

Roberts said he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I am impressed with the people in Louisa. They have a very professional [police force] and I was glad to see so many people I know that I’ve met and worked with in the past,” Roberts said. “I’m looking forward to working with the [Louisa County] Sheriff’s Office and the fire departments out there. They have some great leadership and great people working for them.”

Roberts, who has worked with the city police department for 40 years, including teaching at the Central Shenandoah Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy and other criminal justice-related courses, is retiring from the city department after bumping up against the department’s mandatory retirement age of 60.

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