Welcome, acting Chief. I must say I've never heard of you before. What have been your prior positions on the force?
I’ve been a Fairfax County police officer for about 23 years and in that time, I’ve never lost my enthusiasm for law enforcement or my pride in our department.
You asked about my prior positions – as a new graduate of the police academy, I helped keep the streets in the Reston Police District safe. I was a patrol sergeant in the McLean District Station; a shift supervisor at the 9-1-1 communications center; and the police department liaison with county schools.
Once I made captain, I served as commander of the Franconia District Station, followed by the Internal Affairs Bureau. My first assignment as a deputy chief was to command the Administration Bureau, which includes everything from payroll and finance to the academy and IT. I had been deputy chief of investigations and operation support since last March and was appointed acting chief in October.
Regardless of my rank or my assignment, I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn from, and eventually lead, some of the most experienced and knowledgeable men and women in law enforcement.