Summer 2023 VACP Law Enforcement Executive Certifications Awarded

The VACP recently conferred on forty-four Virginia law enforcement executives the designation of VACP Certified Law Enforcement Chief Executive or Command Executive.

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation (VACP) recently recognized forty-four Virginia law enforcement executives with the designation of VACP Certified Law Enforcement Executive. 
The VACP strives to promote the professional development and highest standards of executive and management level personnel of law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia. With that mission in mind, the VACP Law Enforcement Executive Certification Program encourages police executives to attain and maintain established benchmarks of accomplishment to achieve a recommended standard for police leadership within the state of Virginia. 

There are two levels of law enforcement certification available for Virginia public safety leaders:   Applicants must meet ALL eligibility requirements in the program for initial certification, which includes being a member of the VACP or VACLEA in good standing, tenure, formal educational requirements, professional development training, and service on boards and committees. Certification is for 3 years, and participants must recertify every 3 years to remain active in the program. 
Congratulations to the following law enforcement executives for achieving their certifications!
VACP Certified Law Enforcement Chief Executive Officers:

Certified Aug/Sept 2023
Chief John Austin, VCLEE-CEO (Bristol PD)
Chief William "Mac" Babb, VCLEE-CEO (Virginia Tech PD)
Chief David Bragg, VCLEE-CEO (Virginia State Univ. PD)
Chief Travis Christian, VCLEE-CEO (Petersburg PD)
Chief John Clair, VCLEE-CEO (Marion PD)
Chief Steve Patterson, VCLEE-CEO (Franklin PD)
Chief Thomas Travis, VCLEE-CEO (Richard Bland College PD)
Chief William Wilkerson, VCLEE-CEO (Central Virginia CC PD)

Certified June 2023
Chief Stuart Bowen, VCLEE-CEO (South Hill PD)
Chief Jeffrey P. Dodson, VCLEE-CEO (Radford PD)
Chief Douglas W. Keen, VCLEE-CEO (Manassas City PD)
Chief Charles A. "Andy" Penn, VCLEE-CEO (Arlington Co. PD)
Chief Ricky A. Pinksaw, VCLEE-CEO (Emporia PD)
Chief Eric Plummer, VCLEE-CEO (Radford Univ. PD)
Chief James E. Williams, VCLEE-CEO (Staunton PD)
Chief Daniel F. Woloszynowski, VCLEE-CEO (Christopher Newport University PD)
VACP Certified Law Enforcement Command Executive Officers:

Certified Aug/Sept 2023
Captain Christopher Todd Baker, VCLEE-CO (Woodstock PD)
Major Eric Beatty, VCLEE-CO (Univ. of Richmond PD)
Captain Brian Brown, VCLEE-CO (Staunton PD)
Captain Jesse Epperson, VCLEE-CO (Suffolk PD)
Chief of Investigations Katrina Goodman, VCLEE-CO (Office of the State Inspector General)
Lt. Rusty A. Hamm, VCLEE-CO (Marion PD)
Deputy Chief William Hogan, VCLEE-CO (Farmville PD)
Asst. Chief Timothy Wayne Jones, VCLEE-CO (Danville PD)
Captain Marie Kemp, VCLEE-CO (Ashland PD)
Asst. Chief Tina Laguna, VCLEE-CO (Manassas City PD)
Captain Michael Mansdoerfer, VCLEE-CO (Radford City PD)
Asst. Chief Na'Shayla Nelson, VCLEE-CO (Portsmouth PD)
Captain Scott Shaffer, VCLEE-CO (Radford Univ. PD)
Deputy Chief Wayne Anthony Vincent, VCLEE-CO (Arlington County PD)
Asst. Chief Kelly Waddell, VCLEE-CO (Poquoson PD)
Major David Whitley, VCLEE-CO (Danville PD)
Certified June 2023
Capt. Todd Clayton, VCLEE-CO (Salem PD)
Capt. Justin P. Dyer, VCLEE-CO (Herndon PD)
Lt. Charles Findley, VLCEE-CO (Herndon PD)
Chief Mark L. Jamison, VLCEE-CO (James City County PD)
Capt. Chad R. Kauffman, VCLEE-CO (Staunton PD)
Capt. Benjamin Mullins, VCLEE-CO (Pearisburg PD)
Lt. Michael D. Parmelee, VCLEE-CO (Pulaski PD)
Lt. Col. Jarad L. Phelps, VCLEE-CO (Prince William Co. PD)
Major Chad Rhoads, VLCEE-CO (Martinsville PD)
Chief Rodney "Dan" Riddle, VCLEE-CO (Windsor PD)
Asst. Chief Samuel Shumate, VCLEE-CO (Radford Univ. PD)
Deputy Chief Derek M. Weeks, VCLEE-CO (Salem PD)

The VACP Law Enforcement Executive Certification Program is open for applications. See or contact Erin Schrad, VACP Communications Manager, at


Winter Conferences
February 5-7, 2025
February 4-6, 2026
Location for all: Hilton Short Pump (Henrico County)

Annual Conferences
99th Annual
August 25-28, 2024

Location: Hotel Roanoke
100th Annual
August 24-27, 2025

Location: Williamsburg Lodge

101st Annual
August 30 – September 2, 2026

Location: Hotel Roanoke