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Bryan Young Selected As Next South Boston Police Chief

Young, 43, began his career in law enforcement by joining the Virginia Conservation Police in 1998. In 2016, he was appointed Assistant Chief (Major). He will begin his tenure in South Boston on January 18, 2021.

Incoming South Boston Police Police Chief Bryan Young (right) is shown with his wife Tina and daughter Emma, flanked by Chief Jim Binner (left), who is retiring after 13 years leading the South Boston Police Department.

South Boston Town Manager Tom Raab is pleased to announce that Bryan Young has been selected as the next police chief of the Town of South Boston. Young, 43, will replace retiring police chief Jim Binner, who has held the position since 2007.  

Young comes to South Boston with over twenty-two years of state law enforcement experience.  Young began his law enforcement career with the Virginia Conservation Police in 1998 at the age of 21.  After graduating from the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and spending the first five years of his career in the Lynchburg area, Young began rising through the law enforcement ranks with stops in the Roanoke Valley, Southside Virginia, and the Smith Mountain Lake community.  In 2016, Young was appointed Assistant Chief (Major) of the Virginia Conservation Police and has served as Acting Chief since that time.  

Young, a 1994 graduate of Franklin County High School, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bluefield College (1998). He has completed the FBI Command Leadership for Law Enforcement Managers, FBI Supervisor Leadership Institute, FBI National Academy Management Course, PMG Experienced Supervisors Institute, and the Commonwealth Management Institute.  In 2019, Young was selected to participate in the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chief's (NACLEC) Leadership Academy where he completed nearly a year of comprehensive leadership training.

Young is no stranger to Halifax County.  From 2003-2006 Young spent three years supervising conservation police operations in and around Halifax County.  “The time I spent in Halifax County was some of the most enjoyable years of my law enforcement career.  The people of Halifax and the Town of South Boston treated me like family and I knew that South Boston was likely a place I would return later in my career.” said Young.  “I am humbled to have this opportunity and return to this area.  Chief Binner has left big shoes to fill and I am hopeful the relationships I built during my previous time in Halifax will serve me well as I step into this new role.”

During his time in Halifax, Young met and married his wife Tina (Huffman), a 1990 graduate of Halifax County High School. In his down time, Young enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling, and spending time outdoors with his wife and daughter.

Young will begin his tenure as Chief on January 18, 2021.

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police assisted with the executive search process.

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