VACP Installs 2019-2020 Executive Board; Roanoke County Chief Howard Hall Elected VACP President

Roanoke County Chief Howard Hall becomes 2019-2020 President;
Ashland Police Chief Doug Goodman completes 2018-2019 term as VACP President

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on August 26 elected the members of the 2019-2020 VACP Executive Board at the Association's 94th Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.  The board was installed on Tuesday, August 27, during the Association's Valor Awards banquet.  The new board members are:

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. 

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Chief Douglas A. Goodman, Ashland – Chief Goodman was appointed Ashland police chief in 2008, where he has worked to enhance officer 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.

1ST 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.  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 was appointed by the governor to serve a 4-year term on the Virginia Forensic Science Board. 

2ND VICE 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.

3RD VICE PRESIDENT – Chief Keith Hartman, Buena Vista  - A Brooklyn, N.Y., native who was once an ironworker on Long Island, Richard Keith Hartman was hired by the Newport News Police Department in July 1992 and spent time in patrol, investigations and training. He retired from the department after 23 years, rising to the rank of captain, 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. 


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 is the former 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 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. (2017-2021 term)

Chief Timothy S. Jones, Roanoke Police Department - Chief Jones was named Roanoke Police Chief in July, 2016, and has served the department since 1981.  He is a graduate of the Harvard University-Kennedy School of Executive Education, the 232nd class of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, and the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives at Boston University.  Chief Jones has been published in CALEA Update magazine and Police Chief magazine, and is an adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College.  (2018-2022 term)

Chief Humberto I. “Hum” Cardounel, Jr., Henrico County Police Division - Chief Humberto I. “Hum” Cardounel, Jr., joined the Henrico County Police Division in 1988, and in 2016, was appointed as Chief of Police. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is a graduate of the 221stSession of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy; the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University; the Police Executive Leadership School of the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond; the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation Institute for Leadership in Changing Times at Virginia Tech; and the Leading, Educating and Developing Program of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.  He is also an Assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). (2019-2023 term)

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation ( 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:
2019-20 VACP Executive Board:
(front row, L to R) Middleburg Police Chief AJ Panebianco, Second Vice President; Ashland Police Chief Doug Goodman, Immediate Past President; Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall, President; Buena Vista Police Chief Keith Hartman, Third Vice President.
(back row, L to R) At-Large Board Members -- Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones, Suffolk Police Chief Tommy Bennett, Germanna Community College Police Chief Craig Branch, Henrico County Police Chief Hum Cardounel, and James City County Police Chief Brad Rinehimer.

Not pictured: Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard, First Vice President.

Photo Credit: Erin Schrad, VACP.

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


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