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VACP Installs 2022-2023 Executive Board; Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey Katz Elected VACP President

Chesterfield County Chief Jeffrey Katz becomes 2022-2023 President.
Middleburg Police Chief A. J. Panebianco completes 2021-2022 term as VACP President.
Photo Caption: Front, L to R -- Third VP Chief John Clair (Marion); Immediate Past President Chief AJ Panebianco (Middleburg); President Colonel Jeffrey S. Katz (Chesterfield County); First VP Chief Craig Branch (Germanna Community College); Second VP Chief Scott Booth (Danville). Back, L to R -- Board Member Chief Erin Schaible (Fairfax City); Board Member Chief Jeff Dodson (Radford); Board Member Chief Angela Greene (Lexington); Board Member Chief Travis Christian (Petersburg); Board Member Chief Charles "Andy" Penn (Arlington County).

Chesterfield County Chief Jeffrey Katz becomes 2022-2023 President.
Middleburg Police Chief A. J. Panebianco completes 2021-2022 term as VACP President.


The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on September 13 elected the members of the 2022-2023 VACP Executive Board at the Association's 97th Annual Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. The board was installed during the Association's Valor Awards banquet. The new board members are:
 
PRESIDENT – Chief Jeffrey Katz, Chesterfield County – Colonel Jeffrey S. Katz was sworn in as the Chesterfield County Police Chief in January 2018. He started his law enforcement career in 1989 as a police cadet with the Plantation, Florida, Police Department. Katz was later hired by Plantation as a community service officer. In 1994, he joined the City of Parkland, Florida, Public Safety Department as both a full-time police officer and professional firefighter. He joined the Boynton Beach, Florida, Police Department in 1998. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2001 and earned the rank of lieutenant in 2004. Katz assumed his role as chief of the Boynton Beach Police Department on an interim basis in July 2013. He was permanently appointed as the 32nd chief of the Boynton Beach Police Department in September 2013. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from St. Leo University, Katz earned a master's degree in business leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Chief Katz is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's Command Officer Development Course and the FBI National Academy and has completed executive level courses in leadership and management through Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame.
 
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – 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 serves on the Awards Committee, Budget & Finance Committee member, and Professional Image & Ethics Committee of the VACP.
 
1ST VICE PRESIDENT –. 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 security 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 2014-2015 president of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. 
 
2ND VICE PRESIDENT – Chief Scott Booth, Danville – Scott C. Booth has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience, including 19 years with the Richmond Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to major. Booth previously served as deputy federal security director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Transportation Security Administration in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to becoming Danville Chief of Police, he served as police chief of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). He also serves on the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Accreditation Executive Board. 
 
3RD VICE PRESIDENT – Chief John Clair, Marion – He began his law enforcement career in the U.S. Army, graduating from that military branch's police academy in 1999. As a military police office, he undertook traditional law enforcement work at Fort Sam Houston in Texas and then was transferred to Korea, where his work focused on black market investigations and drug suppression. He returned to Fort Myer, a U.S. Army post associated with Arlington National Cemetery, where his duties ranged from dog handler to presidential support missions. During Operation Enduring Freedom, he was sent to Guantanamo Bay. Clair was honorably discharged in 2005. He then worked as a private contractor providing protective services for the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Justice. Clair entered municipal law enforcement with the town of Dumfries' police department. He was working for the Prince William County Police Department when he was appointed Quantico police chief in 2013.
 
AT-LARGE MEMBERS
Chief Travis Christian, Petersburg – (2021-2025) – Christian, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, joined the Petersburg Police Department as deputy chief, and was appointed chief in November 2020. He previously served as police chief in Waverly and deputy chief at Virginia Union University. Chief Christian holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School and the FBI Academy.
 
Chief Angela Greene, Lexington – (2021-2025) – Appointed Lexington Chief of Police in May 2020, Chief Greene previously served as deputy chief and chief of the Portsmouth Police Department. She started her law enforcement career in 2001 at the Richmond Police Department, where she rose to the rank of Captain. Chief Greene is working on a master's degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in Pre-Law and Political Science.
 
Chief Jeff Dodson, Radford – (2022-2026) – Chief Dodson as been the Chief of Police for the City of Radford since 2020 after 13 years with the Culpeper Police Department. He serves as an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and as a member of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. He previously served on the Executive Board of the Virginia Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. Chief Dodson has a degree in Criminal Justice Management from Saint Leo University, and is a graduate of the VACP Professional Executive Leadership School 
 
Chief Erin Schaible, Fairfax City – (2022-2026) - Chief Schaible was appointed Chief of Police in Fairfax City in February 2019 after starting her police career with the Fairfax County Police Department. She has a master's degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech. Chief Schaible is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.
 
Chief Charles A. “Andy” Penn, Arlington County – (2022 – 2026) – Chief Penn has worked for the Arlington Police Department since 1911, rising to the appointment as Chief of Police in June 2021. He is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Forensic and Legal Psychology at Marymount University. Chief Penn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police. He has a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Radford University.
 
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.

Photo Credit: Erin Schrad, VACP; Contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director – 804-338-9512 (mobile)