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Herndon Police Chief Summers to Retire November 1

September 8, 2011 | Virginia News

Accepts Top Position in New Bern, NC

Herndon, VA (September 6, 2011) – Toussaint E. Summers, Jr., Chief of Police for the Town of Herndon since 1999, has notified Town Manager Arthur A. Anselene of his intent to retire from the town’s force, effective November 1, 2011. Summers will be relocating to New Bern, NC, where he has accepted that community’s top law enforcement position.

“Toussaint has provided twelve years of principled, highly effective leadership to the Herndon Police Department, significantly benefitting the town and its citizens,” said Anselene. “It is with heartfelt gratitude for his service that we wish him all the best as in his new position.”

Highlights of Summers’ tenure with the town include his role as a founder and chair of the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force, a regional initiative that has proven successful in curtailing gang activity; his professional management and oversight of the town’s participation in the federal 287(g) program, as one of the first communities to successfully employ the program; his departmental leadership, resulting in national and state certifications as well as recognition as a Certified Crime Prevention Community; and his and the department’s recognition with the International Chief of Police Community Policing Award and several placements in the Law Enforcement Challenge Traffic Safety Awards.

“It is with mixed emotions that I leave Herndon and prepare for my new responsibilities as New Bern’s Chief of Police,” said Summers. “The men and women of the Herndon Police Department are second to none in their commitment to public safety and community policing. It has been my privilege and honor to serve with them.”

An acting Chief of Police will be appointed by Anselene, at which point the search for Summers’ replacement will be launched.

The Town of Herndon was incorporated by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia on January 14, 1879. Located in western Fairfax County, Herndon is the 3rd largest town in the Commonwealth and is home to more than 23,000 citizens. Businesses located within the Town of Herndon range from high tech enterprises and major corporations to entrepreneurially-owned establishments. Business Week Magazine has named Herndon one of the nation’s “Best Affordable Suburbs,” Money Magazine has ranked Herndon among its “Best Places for the Rich and Single,” and has named Herndon one of the “Best Places to Live in America.”

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