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VACP Installs 2017-2018 Executive Board

September 20, 2017 | VACP

News Image Chesapeake Chief Kelvin Wright Elected VACP President

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on September 19 installed the 2017-2018 VACP Executive Board during the Valor Awards Banquet of the association’s annual conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The new board members are:


PRESIDENT – Chief Kelvin L. Wright, Chesapeake – Chief Wright was appointed chief of police in Chesapeake in 2008, and has been a champion for change in the agency and for crime reduction in the community.  Chief Wright has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, Cum Laude, in Sociology from Saint Leo University and a Master in Public Administration from Troy University. He is active in developing leadership education programs for the Association.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT — Colonel Thierry Dupuis, Retired, Chesterfield County – Colonel Dupuis was appointed the chief of police for the Chesterfield County Police Department in 2007. Colonel Dupuis has served within all major divisions within the department. He is the 7th chief in the department's history and the first to have held all ranks within the department including officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major and lieutenant colonel.  Colonel Dupuis holds an associate degree in applied science from John Tyler Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master degree in business administration from Averett College. He retired as Chesterfield County chief of police in August, 2017.

1ST VICE PRESIDENT — Chief Douglas A. Goodman, Ashland – Chief Goodman was appointed Ashland police chief in 2008, where he has worked to enhance organization productivity and effectiveness.  The Ashland Police Department is the smallest police department in the Commonwealth to have earned and maintained CALEA accreditation.  Since 2008, the work of the men and women in APD has resulted in numerous state and national awards. Chief Goodman holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech and a Master in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. He also remains an active Team Leader Assessor for CALEA.

2ND VICE PRESIDENT – Chief Howard Hall, Roanoke County – Chief Hall was appointed to lead the Roanoke County Police Department in August 2012 after 25 years of service with the Baltimore County Police Department. He joined the Baltimore County Police in 1986 upon graduation from the University of Maryland, where he received a B.A. in Government and Politics. Chief Hall spent 20 years with the BCPD as a commander and gained experience in the areas of patrol, traffic, special operations, training, administration, accreditation compliance, and human resources. In addition to receiving a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore in 1995, Hall attended the F.B.I National Academy and holds a Graduate Certificate in Police Administration. Hall is also a certified instructor and nationally recognized expert in data-driven policing – where data and analysis are used to guide police operations and solve issues. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and serves on the organization’s Highway Safety Committee. Hall also serves as co-chair of the Virginia Highway Safety Committee.

3RD VICE PRESIDENT – Chief Maggie DeBoard, Herndon – Chief DeBoard has been the Herndon Chief of Police since 2012, after serving 26 years with the Fairfax County Police Department where she rose to the rank of Deputy Chief.  She has an M.A. in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from George Mason University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the WestPoint Leadership program. In 2017, she was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Forensic Science Board for a four-year term. Chief DeBoard serves as President of the Virginia Chapter of the Police Unity Tour, which was formed to raise awareness of all officers killed in the line of duty, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) in Washington, D.C. She serves as a member of the Board of Governance of the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center.


EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Chief A. J. Panebianco, Middleburg – Chief Panebianco has been the police chief in Middleburg since April, 2012.  He previously served as Chief of Police in Louisa, Warsaw and Buena Vista.  Chief Panebianco has a Bachelor of Science in the Administration of Justice from Bluefield College, and is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond.  He currently chairs the VACP's Professional Image & Ethics Committee and serves on the Awards Committee and Budget & Finance Committee of the VACP. (2014-2018 term)

Chief Thomas Bennett, Suffolk – Chief Bennett has served as the Suffolk Police Chief since 2009 after serving as Newport News Assistant Chief of Police.  He has a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University, and a B.A. in Criminology from St. Leo College.  Chief Bennett graduated from the 200th Session of the FBI National Academy, and from the 35th Session of the Police Executive Resource Forum Senior Management Institute for Police.  He is a Certified Team Leader and Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and has served as President of the Hampton Roads Chiefs of Police Association. (2016-2020 term)

Chief Bradly Rinehimer, James City County – Chief Rinehimer became the James City County Police Chief in 2013, and has previously served as President of the Hampton Roads Chiefs of Police Association.  He has extensive experience instructing in a variety of specialties in the criminal justice field for both private and public sectors, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Professional Executive Development School, and the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development School. Chief Rinehimer has a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelors in Criminology from St. Leo University. (2016-2020 term)

Chief Craig Branch, Germanna Community College — Chief Branch was appointed Germanna Community College Chief of Police in 2011. He has more than 20 years of law enforcement and public safety experience in Virginia and the District of Columbia.  He previously worked for the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Police Department where he served as an Interim Chief and Deputy Chief of Police. He also has worked for the Virginia State University Police Department and the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department   Chief Branch has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University.  He currently serves as a member of the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, and previously served on the state Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.  Chief Branch served as 2014-2016 president of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. (2017-2021 term)

Chief Keith Hartman, Buena Vista — A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, Richard Keith Hartman was hired by the Newport News Police Department in July 1992 and as a Captain spent time in patrol, investigations and training. He retired from the department after 23 years, to take the position as Buena Vista Police Chief in 2015.  Chief Hartman holds a master’s degree in public administration from Troy University and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University. He has participated in training at various law enforcement schools, including the FBI National Academy in Quantico, SMIP and PELS. He currently serves on the Rockbridge Area CSB Board of Directors and VPAS Board of Directors.  (2017-2021 term)

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation (www.vachiefs.org) is a statewide charitable organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and other law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia and to providing training and education programs for law enforcement executives. The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members.

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PHOTO CAPTION:

2017-18 VACP Executive Board:
(front row, L to R) Second VP Chief Howard Hall, Roanoke County; Immediate Past President, Col. (Ret.) Thierry Dupuis, Chesterfield County, President Chief Kelvin Wright, Chesapeake; First VP Chief Doug Goodman, Ashland; and Third VP Maggie DeBoard, Herndon.

(back row, L to R) Board Members: Chief Brad Rinehimer, James City County; Chief Keith Hartman, Buena Vista; Chief Thomas Bennett, Suffolk; Chief AJ Panebianco, Middleburg; and Chief Craig Branch, Germanna Community College.

PHOTO CREDIT: Erin Schrad, VACP

CONTACT: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director – 804-338-9512 (mobile)