Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins anxious to get started

City Manager Chris Morrill announces Chris Perkins as Roanoke's Police Chief

Acting Police Chief Chris Perkins was the unanimous pick of two panels according to Vivian Sanchez-Jones, a member of the community panel. Interviews took place over a three-month period and included the community, city workers and the Blacksburg police chief, Kimberly Crannis.

City Manager, Chris Morrill met with neighborhood organizations, the NAACP, and the SCLC for input to the selection of a new police chief. Morrill said, “at the end we were able to narrow 68 applicants down to three.”

Members of the community selection panel included Mignon Chubb-Hale, Duke Curtis, Tammy Finley, Daniel Karnes, Brenda Hale, Laura Padgett, Vivian Sanchez-Jones and Clarice Walker.

Other local candidates for the top spot included Capt. Greg Staples and Lt. Mac Babb.

Morrill praised Perkins saying, “we are so fortunate to have someone who has come up through the ranks and not only knows the community but has taken every opportunity he can to improve his skills.”

He attended the FBI National Academy in 2010; Scenario-Based Executive Level Training in 2009; National Criminal Justice Command College in 2006; Political Leadership in 2006; Professional Executive Leadership School in 2004; Supervisors in Community Policing in 1999; IACP First-Line Supervision in 1999; and Leadership in Community Policing in 1998.

Perkins with 17 years progressive law enforcement experience has been serving as Acting Police Chief since July 1, 2010 when Chief Joe Gaskins retired. Positions he held since joining the Roanoke police force in 1992 include Accreditation Manager, Major Crimes Squad Sergeant, Investigations Bureau Lieutenant, Investigations Bureau Captain, and Operations Deputy Chief. He will begin serving as Police Chief immediately.

Perkins, 40, is married with one daughter. He does not currently live in the city but plans to move as soon as possible.

Morrill said, “Chris Perkins already has a track record of working closely with our neighborhoods and businesses. He has been one of the major catalysts in the Police Department’s efforts to use technology and strategic deployment of officers and equipment to reduce the crime rate.”

He graduated from Marion Senior High School in Marion, Va., and earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hollins University. In addition, he holds a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia.

Perkins will direct a staff of approximately 300 employees, of which 243 are sworn. He will also serve as the city’s representative working to build strong relationships with law enforcement agencies in the region and throughout the Commonwealth.

Perkins who faced the media admitted to being “a little bit nervous” Wednesday though he was usually used to being in front of large crowds he said. He gave accolades to all member of the police department saying “the city should be very proud of the service these professionals provide and I only hope that I exceed their expectations as well as the citizens of this community.”

Perkins said, “I’m eager to get started.”

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