Adjust text size

Chesterfield County Introduces Next Chief of Police

November 21, 2017 | Virginia News

News Image CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — County officials today named Jeffrey S. Katz as the county’s next chief of police, effective Jan. 2, 2018. A Florida native and 25-year veteran of law enforcement, Katz has served as the Boynton Beach, Florida, Police Department’s chief since 2013. He will be Chesterfield’s eighth police chief since the department formed in 1914.

“The opportunity to join and lead one of Virginia’s premier law-enforcement agencies is an immense honor,” Katz said. “I’m looking forward to working with members of the department, county leaders, citizens and businesses to advance the interests of safety and wellness throughout our community.”

Katz is taking the reins of a department of more than 500 authorized sworn and over 100 civilian personnel that handles more than 200,000 calls for service yearly. The Chesterfield County Police Department is dually accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission and the internationally recognized Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Katz is filling the position of Col. Thierry Dupuis, who retired in September. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, holds a master’s in business leadership and a bachelor’s in criminal justice. In Boynton Beach, Katz is heralded for rebranding his department by addressing longstanding challenges and inspiring innovation and an engaged workforce that takes pride in serving the community. The Boynton Beach Police Department includes more than 200 personnel and handles more than 72,000 calls for service. Katz has served Boynton Beach as a patrol officer, recruiter, instructor and supervisor of specialty units, including crime prevention, K9 and marine enforcement. He also has led internal affairs, training, media relations, recruiting, grant procurement, agency accreditation, promotional assessments, public-records fulfillment and grievance coordination.

“I hate to see him leave,” Boynton Beach Mayor Steven B. Grant said. Other Boynton Beach officials shared similar comments, describing Katz as honest, open and transparent, with tremendous leadership skills. City Manager Lori LaVerriere said “I’ve never regretted appointing him” and that “Chesterfield would be fortunate to have him.”

“On behalf of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, I congratulate Chief Katz, who rose among a highly talented and diverse pool of candidates,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Dorothy Jaeckle. “I also thank the members of the appointed Police Chief Recommendation Committee, who volunteered their time to bring forth several extremely capable candidates for final consideration. We look forward to working with Chief Katz to continue enhancing our police department’s impeccable reputation and building even stronger relationships with the community.”

“The community and police personnel played vital roles in helping Chesterfield determine who would be its next chief of police,” said Dr. Joe Casey, county administrator. “Chief Katz demonstrated more than skill and talent, but also a spirit and determination that county leaders believe make him the right person for the job. I very much look forward to working with Chief Katz as we set a course to meet challenges and continue demonstrating the police department’s vital role in maintaining and enhancing quality of life in Chesterfield. I also thank Lt. Col. Dan Kelly for his outstanding job as our interim chief since September.”

In addition to staff and the members of the Police Chief Recommendation Committee, county leaders also thank Col. W. Steven Flaherty of the Virginia State Police for his agency’s diligent and expeditious handling of candidate background investigations during the recruitment process.

Chief Katz, who attended today’s announcement, plans to return to Chesterfield in December to meet with county leaders, Police Department staff and community representatives to prepare for his transition to his new role.