FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 1, 2021
Contact: James M. Halasz • 540.462.3700 • firstname.lastname@example.org
April 1, 2021--City Manager Jim Halasz announced today the appointment of Angela Greene as the next Police Chief for the City of Lexington. Ms. Greene will begin as Chief on May 10, 2021. Greene replaces Mike Frost who has served as Interim Police Chief since this past October.
The appointment of Greene follows an extensive recruitment process led by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP). The process included screenings and assessments by the VACP and two interview panels, including one comprised of members of the Lexington community. “We had a strong group of qualified applicants for the Lexington police chief position, and reviewed them with great scrutiny to find the best candidate for Lexington police chief,” said Dana Schrad, Executive Director for the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. “Chief Greene is a highly skilled law enforcement professional, and will be a tremendous asset for the department and for the community. We’re extremely pleased that she will be the next Lexington police chief.”
Greene joins the Lexington Police Department with 20 years of law enforcement experience, with eight of those years in senior leadership positions, serving most recently as Chief of Police for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia. When asked about the opportunity, Greene said, "I am ecstatic to become a part of the Lexington family, and for the privilege to lead the honorable men and women of the Lexington Police Department. Working in partnership with our community, we will continue the successes in public safety that the city has enjoyed over the years, while elevating the levels of community collaboration and improving the quality of life for everyone."
City Manager Jim Halasz said, “Lexington continues to attract talented professionals to the community. During the search for the new Chief of Police, we had 19 very talented and experienced applicants, from the State of Virginia and outside the state. Making the selection for the new Chief was surprisingly difficult, because we had several excellent finalists for the position. However, Ms. Angela Greene, who has had a long career, in law enforcement, in the cities of Richmond and Portsmouth, made her way to the top of my list and I am thrilled that Angela will be joining our City team and the community, as our next Chief of Police”.
Chief Greene is a native of New Jersey where she was born to immigrant parents. Greene holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Law and Political Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently obtaining her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with Old Dominion University. She is also a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Additionally, Greene is the proud mother of two daughters, ages 15 and 20, and one son, age 24, who serves as a firefighter for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia.
The City would like to offer its sincerest thank you to Dana Schrad, Executive Director of VACP and VMI Police Chief Mike Marshall for their invaluable assistance through this process.