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Tim Sawyer set to become West Point’s Police Chief in August

April 13, 2018 | Virginia News

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Tidewater Review

As West Point Police Chief, Tim Sawyer wants to increase community outreach and forge new relationships outside of town. Sawyer will replace West Point Police Chief Robert “Bobby” Mawyer after he retires in August.

Mayor Jim Hudson described Sawyer asvery organized and strong-willed, the makings of a great police chief.

“He wants to be a part of the community; he wants to help people, that’s just the way he’s wired,” Hudson said.

Sawyer has worked as a part-time auxiliary officer for the West Point Police Department — they support and help full-time officers — as well as West Point’s town building official for four years.

A Newport News native, he was a police officer there for three years. Sawyer moved to Gloucester in 1993 and lives there with his wife Betty and stepdaughter. His three grown children from a previous marriage and six grandchildren also live there.

Sawyer said West Point is the best place he’s ever worked and he loves the community.

“You get to know everybody. You can walk down the street and interact with people,” Sawyer said. “I’ve been active in town; I’ve been here and active with the schools. With my position as building official and being a department head I’ve run through budgets for the town.”

Sawyer said he’s excited to become chief and serve West Point residents.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Sawyer said. “A lot of times new police chiefs are coming into departments that aren’t run well. This one is excellently run. Chief Mawyer has done a great job. I’m stepping into the perfect situation.”

The town did an internal hire process and interview for the police chief position through the public safety committee, according to Sawyer. Hudson said they advertised the police chief position internally and interviewed four candidates, including Sawyer.

He said he got a lot of law enforcement experience in a short time period while working for the Newport News department, and he’s been through several leadership courses in West Point.

“We are in the transition period right now until August,” Sawyer said. “I’m transitioning with Chief Mawyer and shadowing him through this process.

“He’s an amazing guy to work for; just first class. I’ve got big shoes to fill.”

Mawyer said he thinks Sawyer will bring a fresh approach to the department and serving the town.

“I expect it be a very smooth transition,” Mawyer said. “He and I are attending some functions together and networking with organizations. We’ve already been talking about the next steps and I think he’s got a good plan and vision for where the department and town needs to be and needs to go.”

Sawyer plans to focus on more community outreach and wants to provide new opportunities for the community to connect with town and police officials, according to Mawyer.

Sawyer said he looks forward to working closer with King William, King and Queen and New Kent sheriffs.

“He wants people to come and work together,” Mawyer said. “He’s already been active in the youth programs at the YMCA and at the schools.”

Mawyer said he is sure Sawyer will do anything to help keep the town of West Point safe as police chief.

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