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Henrico Co. Police Chief Appointed to Deputy County Manager

January 11, 2016 | Virginia News

News Image Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced today that effective January 23, 2016, Chief Douglas A Middleton will join the staff of the County Manager as the Deputy County Manager for Public Safety.

Chief Middleton will continue his service in this new appointment as a sworn and certified law enforcement officer working with the Police and Fire Divisions on a host of Public Safety initiatives, including the region's new Public Safety Communications system.   Chief Middleton, a 43 year veteran of the Police Division, joined the organization on November 29, 1972, and was promoted through the ranks.  He was appointed Chief of Police on April 10, 2011.  Prior to joining the Police Division, Chief Middleton served in the United States Army as a helicopter crew member in Vietnam. 

During Chief Middleton’s tenure, the County’s crime rate has fallen to the lowest level recorded in the Division’s history.  Other significant events include the formation of a third patrol station, the implementation of Fair and Impartial Policing, deployment of body worn cameras, an increase in complement of police officers serving the County, changes to juvenile arrest procedures and School Resource Officer certification, achieving international accreditation as a Gold Standard Agency with Excellence, and improving officer safety and effectiveness through improved ballistic and safety equipment, and the use of enhanced technology in crime fighting strategies.

While the Police Division will truly miss Chief Middleton’s experience and leadership, his appointment as a Deputy County Manager will ensure a seamless transition for the next Chief and his continued involvement in law enforcement responsibilities in the County. His history of tireless dedication to employee development and training has insured the citizens of Henrico will continue to have a first class law enforcement agency to serve their community.

The County Manager stated that Chief Middleton will continue to serve as the Chief of Police in a dual role until a new Chief is appointed, possibly as early as the end of March, 2016.

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CONTACT PERSON:  Lieutenant Chris Eley – (804) 501-4869