Lt. Colonel James A. Morris Appointed Acting Police Chief

Oct. 19, 2012


  • Morris has served with the Fairfax County Police Department approximately 23 years.
  • He will serve as acting police chief until the Board of Supervisors makes a permanent appointment.
  • Appointment is effective Oct. 20.

James A. Morris
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Fairfax County Executive Ed Long today appointed Lt. Colonel James A. Morris as acting police chief. He will begin his new position Oct. 20.

His experience and years serving Fairfax County will provide the Police Department and county residents with professional leadership in the interim before the appointment of a permanent chief of police,” says County Executive Ed Long.

The appointment was made since Police Chief David M. Rohrer was selected by the Board of Supervisors to serve as a deputy county executive to oversee public safety agencies.

Morris has been with the Fairfax County Police Department for approximately 23 years and has served as deputy chief of Investigations and Operation Support since March. Previously he served as deputy chief of police for Administration. He has also served as commander of the Internal Affairs Bureau, station commander (Franconia District Station), shift supervisor at the county's 9-1-1 Center, patrol sergeant (McLean District Station) and patrol officer (Reston District Station). He also served as school liaison commander with the Fairfax County Public Schools system.

He has attended the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute, FBI National Academy and the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. He is a member of the Fairfax County Oversight Committee on Drinking and Driving and has served as a member of the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms Shooting Review Team (2004-2010) and was a board member of the FBI National Academy, Virginia Alumni Association.

Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in history from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He will receive an annual salary of $184,129.


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