Col. Jeffrey S. Katz is only the eighth police chief the history Chesterfield County, since the department formed in 1914.
Katz, a 25-year-veteran of law enforcement who most recently was Chief of Police in Boynton Beach, Florida, said that he expects to treat everyone on his staff equally, no matter what position they hold. “I don’t care what’s on your collar or on your sleeve, I care what’s in your heart. And I care that our authority is exercised in a way that best reflects of who we are people as a community and as a society.”
Two of Katz’s top priorities, he says, are to develop relationships both externally and internally. “Because with those relationships, we develop trust. And when we develop trust, we can do great things together.”
Katz, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, holds a master’s in business leadership and a bachelor’s in criminal justice. He replaced Col. Thierry Dupuis. Dupuis, who had retired, is now the interim Chief of Police in Charlottesville.