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Newport News police chief to step down Sept. 1

July 19, 2013 | Virginia News

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Newport News Police Chief James D. Fox will retire from his post Sept. 1, according to a memo he sent to his department Wednesday.

"It has been a great privilege and honor to be part of this great organization and to be the chief of police for one of the best police agencies in the world," Fox wrote.

He did not give more specifics about why he was stepping down or what his post-retirement plans were in the memo, and Fox was not available for comment Thursday afternoon.

In the memo, Fox said that he emphasized trust, communication, teamwork, care and vision to the department even before becoming chief in 2004, and throughout the years, the staff's dedication to those values has improved the police department — earning national and international accolades.

The staff's efforts and community outreach helped make those successes possible, Fox said.

"Every person within this department is part of our amazing team," he wrote in the memo. "I cannot thank you enough for what you do on a daily basis."

Newport News Mayor McKinley Price said Fox was a community-oriented leader who was open with the public and was able to use data and technology to help bring down crime in the city — consistent with national crime trends.

"We're going to miss him," Newport News Mayor McKinley Price said Thursday. "He's an outstanding police chief."...

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