NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - City Manager Marcus Jones announced Friday that Norfolk Police Chief Bruce Marquis will retire, effective April 1, 2011. This comes after much flak for the way he handled a police recruit's death in December and the death of Norfolk police officer Victor Decker in October.
Senior Assistant Chief of Police Sharon Chamberlin will serve as acting police chief, the city's first female police chief.
Chamberlin has held several positions in the department for more than three decades, including: command of Training, the Second Patrol Division and the Criminal Intelligence Unit.
"Chief Chamberlin's commitment to interagency cooperation and her ties with residents in all walks of life make her the best person to continue the progress we have made over the past decades to reduce crime and to partner effectively with the community," Jones said in a news release.
The police department will continue to be on the front line - officers on the street - the dedicated individuals who give out cell phone numbers and take the time to know their communities - adults and youth alike, continued Jones.
"Retaining the trust and providing the resources to these, the most visible of City employees, will be a top priority. I will look to the new chief to provide forward-thinking ideas to foster this relationship," he said.
The City will immediately begin its search for a new chief.
Also effective immediately, Jones has announced the following changes --
Anne Odell, Assistant City Manager, will become acting Director of Human Services-replacing Thomas Pristow, who is retiring
Mattie Satterfield, Assistant Director of Child and Family Services, will assume the role of acting Superintendent of the Juvenile Detention Center- replacing Joseph Jackson
Also mired by budget concerns, Jones has asked that the Virginia Department of Social Services conduct a review of the Human Services operations and budget.
According to Jones, in these tough economic times, it is important that the City look closely at every aspect of its operations and staffing. With less money to spend overall, "it is essential that our programs and services be operated in the most efficient and effective way; and that dedicated staff have the tools to meet the priorities Council and the community have identified."
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