Newport News Police Chief Richard W. Myers has announced plans to leave his position effective September 1, 2017. He has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). MCCA, established in 1949, is a professional association of Chiefs and Sheriffs representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada. MCCA membership is comprised of Chiefs and Sheriffs of the sixty-nine largest law enforcement agencies in the United States and ten largest in Canada. They serve 81.9 million people with a workforce of 185,183 officers and non-sworn personnel.
“It has been an honor and a privilege working with the Newport News Police Department, the City Manager, and City Council, as well as the citizens of this great city. This department truly exemplifies professionalism and community policing, and I am proud to have been a part of that,” Myers said. “This new opportunity is a natural and timely transition from being a chief while still being able to continue to serve my profession.”
“We have been fortunate to have Rick as our Chief of Police these past three and a half years,” City Manager Cindy Rohlf said. “With his extensive knowledge and experience in law enforcement, he has served the citizens of Newport News well during his tenure here.”
An extensive national search will be conducted to fill the position of Police Chief. City Manager Rohlf has not named an Interim Chief of Police at this time.