JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – James City County has picked its next police chief.
Acting James City County Administrator Doug Powell announced Bradley J. Rinehimer will be the county’s next police chief. Rinehimer will take the help March 1.
Rinehimer has been acting chief since former Chief Emmett Harmon retired last year. Rinehimer has been with James City County for more than 18 years.
“First and foremost, our department will continue to protect and serve the citizens of the county,” Rinehimer said. “Looking forward, one of the emerging problems I see here and across the nation is the growing concern with mental illness. This issue is a community problem that must be addressed through a collaborative effort of all those involved.
“We need to continue to increase our involvement in the community and appeal to a more diverse applicant pool,” he added.
“As our community continues to grow, our police department will need to change and grow with it,” Powell said. “I, along with the board of supervisors, have the confidence that Brad will lead the department in to a challenging future.