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VACP Installs 2007-2008 Board of Officers

August 29, 2007 | VACP

News Image Williamsburg Police Chief J. Michael Yost completes term as VACP President
Roanoke County Police Chief James Ray Lavinder becomes 2007-2008 President

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on August 27 held its election and installation of officers for the 2007-2008 Executive Board during the Valor Awards Banquet of the VACP’s Annual Conference at the Williamsburg Lodge. The new board members are:

PRESIDENT
Chief James Ray Lavinder, Roanoke County, chairs the Association’s Training Committee, is a member of the Professional Image and Ethics Committee and is instrumental in developing mentoring services for new police chiefs across Virginia. He represents the VACP on the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Chief J. Michael Yost, Williamsburg — Chief Yost began his career with the city of Williamsburg in 1978 as a patrol officer, and worked as an investigator, sergeant and major with the city before being appointed police chief in September 1996. Chief Yost serves as vice president on the Williamsburg NAACP Executive Board, and is a former president of the Hampton Roads Chiefs Association. He is Past Chairman of the VACP’s Legislative Committee, and is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School of the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation.

1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Col. Richard J. Rappoport, Fairfax City — Chief Rappoport is a member of the Association’s Professional Image and Ethics Committee, and serves as the VACP’s liaison to the Department of Criminal Justice Services’ project on bias-based policing.

2ND VICE PRESIDENT
Col. M. Douglas Scott, Arlington County — Chief Scott is on the Association’s Highway Safety Committee. He served as the Virginia representative to the State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police from 2004-2007. Chief Scott formerly served as the police chief in Fairfax County and in Fairfax City, and was Assistant Inspector General for the US Department of the Interior before becoming the Arlington police chief in 2003.

3RD VICE PRESIDENT
Chief Douglas L. Davis, Waynesboro – Chief Davis serves on the Association’s Training Committee and Highway Safety Committee. He is a graduate of the Foundation’s Professional Executive Leadership School, and is known for his expertise in police communications and patrol operations. He represents the VACP on the State Interoperability Executive Committee.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Chief Mark A. Marshall, Smithfield — Chief Marshall is the 4th Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation’s Professional Executive Leadership School. He teaches regularly in the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation’s New Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs School, and is an expert in police personnel management. He is involved with several initiatives involving information sharing, including the N-DEx project and the LInX program. Chief Marshall’s Smithfield Police Department is one of the smallest departments in the state to receive professional agency accreditation.

Chief Bruce Marquis, Norfolk – Chief Marquis has master degrees in Criminal Justice Management and Business Administration, and holds a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Management. He is an expert in law enforcement training, interagency relations and community policing techniques. Chief Marquis has extensive military experience as well federal and local law enforcement management experience.

Chief Richard C. Clark, Jr., Galax – Chief Clark has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice, and has been chief of police since 2001. His agency has been accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission, and he led the City of Galax to certification as a Crime Prevention Community. He represents the VACP on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation.

Chief James E. Williams, Staunton – Chief Williams has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice, and is a graduate of the FBI Academy. He represents the VACP on the Virginia Amber Alert Board, and on the Law Enforcement Executives Advisory Committee of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association. Beginning in October, 2007, he will serve as the Virginia representative to the State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr., Charlottesville – Chief Longo has a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum. He has experience in global strategic management consulting, and has served as project coordinator for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Communications Technology initiatives. Chief Longo served with the Baltimore Police Department from 1981-2000, rising to the rank of Chief of Technical Services. He represents the VACP on the Special Olympics Virginia Board of Directors, the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation Board of Directors and on the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is a statewide organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia. The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members. The Association provides annual training programs for law enforcement executives, directs a statewide traffic safety program for law enforcement, produces Freedom of Information Act guidelines for law enforcement and lobbies for law enforcement interests at the state and federal level. The Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation is a charitable educational foundation created by the VACP to provide training and education programs, an awards program, youth scholarships and a youth leadership camp for high school students.

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For more information, contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director — (804) 338-9512

Photo Caption: (L to R, front) Chief J. Michael Yost, Williamsburg, Immediate Past President; Col. Richard Rappoport, Fairfax City, First Vice President; Chief James Ray Lavinder, Roanoke County, President; Chief M. Douglas Scott, Arlington County, Second Vice President; Chief Douglas L. Davis, Waynesboro, Third Vice President. (L to R, back) Chief Mark A. Marshall, Smithfield; Chief Richard C. Clark, Jr., Galax; Chief James E. Williams, Staunton; Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr., Charlottesville. Not pictured: Chief Bruce Preston Marquis, Norfolk.

Photo Credit: Erin Schrad, VACP