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Albemarle County Police Chief Ron Lantz Announces Retirement Effective March 1, 2022

Lantz will have worked for Albemarle County for 9 years at his retirement, capping a career of more than 33 years in law enforcement in Virginia.
Chief Ron Lantz announced his retirement as Chief of the Albemarle County Police Department, effective March 1, 2022. Lantz will have worked for Albemarle County for 9 years at his retirement, capping a career of more than 33 years in law enforcement in Virginia. 
 
“Chief Lantz has been a tremendous asset to the Police Department and to all within the community by virtue of his leadership and through his commitment to applying the principles of community-based policing throughout Albemarle County. His focus on constructive community partnerships, attracting and retaining well-trained and high-quality staff, and increasing departmental diversity will be lasting legacies of his tenure. The department is better and the County is better because of his service,” said Doug Walker, Deputy County Executive.
 
Lantz began his career in Albemarle in 2012, as the Deputy Chief, and was promoted to Chief in 2016. Under his leadership, ACPD implemented the Geographic Based Policing initiative, established a state-of-the-art cyber forensic lab, instituted a public safety pay plan, and, this winter, will launch a body worn camera program. Chief Lantz has also served on regional and professional boards, including the Central Shenandoah Regional Academy Executive Board, the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center Management Board, Virginia Professional Law Enforcement Standards Commission, Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) Executive Board, and the Piedmont Region 8 Special Olympics Torch Run.
 
Albemarle County will begin the recruitment process for a successor in the coming weeks.
 
“I could not be prouder of the work the men and women of the Albemarle County Police Department do every day. It truly has been my honor and privilege to lead this team. Albemarle County is a special place to live and work, and I am so thankful I was blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this community,” shared Chief Lantz.

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