CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Long-time Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo is stepping back into uniform to lead the University of Virginia Police Department as its interim chief.

The move comes after former UVA Chief Tommye Sutton suddenly resigned last week. Longo was the chief of the Charlottesville Police Department for 15 years before he stepped down in 2016.

Longo helped launch a master's degree program in public safety administration at UVA. He has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience after starting his career in the Baltimore Police Department.

Through his time as Charlottesville Police Chief, Longo worked closely with the UVA officers on high-profile investigations such as the disappearance and murder of UVA student Hannah Graham. Longo says he is looking forward to being responsible for the safety of UVA students.

"They are entrusting their greatest endearments in our care and to be one of the many people who help fulfill that obligation and that duty is a priviledge and to be able to to do that as the university's police chief, it's really what I look most forward to," Longo said.

Suton was placed on paid leave since the first week of September, but UVA has not said what prompted the leave or what led up to his sudden resignation.

UVA is working to organize a formal search process to find a permanent replacement, which is expected to get underway sometime in the next 12 months. UVA says if it doesn't have a permanent chief in a year, it may extend Longo's appointment.


10/01/2019 Release from the University of Virginia:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 1, 2019 - The University of Virginia announced today that Tim Longo has been appointed interim chief of University Police.

Longo, whose appointment is effective immediately, will serve as interim chief for a period of approximately 12 months, providing senior leadership and a wealth of experience to the university’s police department.

University Police provides safety and security for an average daily population of 47,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors, working closely with local and state law enforcement partners. The department consists of more than 130 employees.

Longo succeeds Tommye S. Sutton, who resigned as chief effective Sept. 27.

Longo has 35 years of experience in law enforcement, most recently as chief of police for the city of Charlottesville, a position he held for 15 years before retiring in 2016. That same year, Longo joined the faculty of UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies to help launch a master’s degree in public safety administration and he currently serves as program director and faculty for the Master of Public Safety.

“We are very excited to have Tim step into this important role,” said University Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jennifer “J.J.” Wagner Davis. “Tim is a part of the Charlottesville community and the UVA family and his deep connections, vast experience and the respect everyone has for him will put the University Police Department in very capable hands as we look to the future.”

Longo got his start in law enforcement in 1981 when he joined the Baltimore Police Department. While rising through the ranks, he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Towson University and a law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School.

After nearly 19 years of service, he retired from the Baltimore Police Department as the bureau chief of technical services, transitioning to consultant work in the District of Columbia before taking over as police chief in Charlottesville in 2001.

“I am looking forward to working with the great team in place at the University and the committed, hard-working officers here at UPD, many of whom I’ve known for years,” Longo said.