Jenkins, 51, has served as the interim chief since June 1, when former Chief Scott Barlow retired. He will officially become police chief immediately.
“I am both pleased and humbled by my selection as Culpeper’s next police chief,” Jenkins said. “Law enforcement in this community has been a life-long goal. I truly never set out to be the chief of police.
I appreciate the faith that Mr. Muzzy has in me to lead our department.”
In making the announcement, Muzzy said Jenkins, a Culpeper native, was selected from a pool of more than 40 applicants.
“I have observed Chris during the last three months and after thoroughly evaluating the situation Chris has proved himself to be the ideal candidate,” said Muzzy.
Shortly after the July 9 deadline to apply, the town manager whittled the list of applicants down to eight semi-finalists. Those candidates were provided about 20 questions last month to answer, which the town manager reviewed. The questions covered scenarios, philosophies and problem solving.
Originally, Muzzy planned to trim the list to between four or five finalists, who would participate in a telephone interview with the town manager and then sit before three panels comprised of town managers, police chiefs and town citizens. But after reviewing all of the applicant’s responses to the questions, Muzzy decided to stop the process.
“Rather than continuing with the process and spending additional time and money, I made the decision to appoint Capt. Jenkins the police chief,” said Muzzy.
Jenkins, who has risen through the ranks since being hired in August 1977, has served as the interim police chief three times. He served the first time following the retirement of Chief C. B. Jones and later after former Chief Dan Boring retired in 2007.
At a public forum held in June, many citizens voiced their support of Jenkins as the next police chief.
“Chris has a tremendous amount of support, both within the police department and the community in general, and he has the needed skills, attributes, background and the community knowledge to move the department forward,” said Muzzy.
Jenkins becomes the first police chief selected from within the department since its inception in 1956, when Roy Jamison, from Salem, became the town’s first police chief. Jones came from Charlottesville, Boring from Vienna and Arlington County and finally Barlow from Newport News.
“This selection also helps establish an internal career path and hope for other officers within the department to one day become chief,” said Muzzy. ”I believe it is the right time and candidate to promote from within.”
Jenkins, a 1977 graduate of Culpeper County High School the FBI National Academy in 2004 and numerous other law enforcement and leadership specialty training, proved to be the best choice.
“All of the candidates, like all people bring with them a variety of attributes, experience and expertise,” Muzzy said. “But in total Chris is the blend that I was looking for in our next chief.”
The new chief currently earns $83,485 as a captain and will be paid $91,853 as police chief.
He is married to Pam and has five children, three sons, Mark, 27, Jordan, 23, Austin, 22 and two daughters, Morgan 20, and Kristen 16. The couple resides in the Town of Culpeper.
“It’s crucial for the chief of police to have the support of the mayor, town council, town manager, department and the community,” said Jenkins. “I promise to do the very best job possible to lead this department forward and to make our community a safer place for all our citizens and visitors,”
A formal swearing-in ceremony as police chief will be scheduled later.
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