Charlottesville releases names of police chief candidates

Published: Nov. 28, 2022 at 12:02 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville is one step closer to getting a permanent chief of police.

The city has been without a permanent police chief for more than a year now.

“We want somebody who is familiar with and ready to implement the 21st Century Policing Rules and Guidelines of the Obama/Eric Holder Justice Department,” Mayor Lloyd Snook said. “The my-way-or-the-highway approach doesn’t work well in Charlottesville, and we’re not looking for that kind of chief.”

Charlottesville released the names of the three candidates Monday, November 28:

  • Latroy A. “Tito” Durrette, currently the acting police chief. He has been in the position since last year and has been with CPD since 1993.
  • Michael Kochis, who has served as the chief of police in Warrenton since 2020. He has a Master of Public Safety from the University of Virginia.
  • Easton L. McDonald, who is a major division commander in Loudoun County. According to his resume, McDonald has 25 years of law enforcement experience.

“They have a record of accomplishment in their own departments, and in their own careers,” the mayor said. “They’ve got a lot of experience that would be very useful.”

The mayor says there are several attributes they are looking for, such as trust.

“The second thing was that I wanted to make sure it would be somebody who would be comfortable in dealing with the public, who didn’t feel that the public was an enemy,” Snook said. “I wanted to make sure that the police chief is somebody who values input from his or her own staff.”

Polihire started the search for candidates back in August and had help with narrowing down the list from City Manager Michael Rogers.

“Council really has not been very involved in the process,” Snook said. “The City Manager has discussed with us what his process is.”

A candidate forum is set to get underway at 6 p.m. at the Carver Recreation Center tonight. The Police Civilian Oversight Board is sponsoring the event. People can email the PCOB at pcob@charlottesville.gov or call and leave their questions in the form of a voicemail at 434-970-3794.

A livestream of the forum will be available here.

Mayor Snooks hopes a chief will be announced sometime next week.

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