Greene Named Police Chief

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First Woman In Role ‘Eager’ To Get Started

The new chief of police for Lexington, Angela Greene, will begin her duties on May 10.

The city announced Greene’s appointment last week after a monthslong search for a new chief. She succeeds Mike Frost who served as interim police chief since October, following the retirement of Interim Chief Mark Riley, who led the department after the departure of Chief Sam Roman last year.

“I am ecstatic to become a part of the Lexington family, and for the privilege to lead the honorable men and women of the Lexington Police Department,” Greene said. “Working in partnership with our community, we will continue the successes in public safety that the city has enjoyed over the years, while elevating the levels of community collaboration and improving the quality of life for everyone.”

Greene, the first woman to hold the top law enforcement job in Lexington, began her career as a patrol officer with the Richmond police department in 2001 and rose through the ranks, obtaining the position of captain in 2012. Greene left the Richmond Police Department in 2016 after she was appointed as assistant chief of police with the Portsmouth Police Department. In 2019, she was appointed as Portsmouth’s chief of police.

Greene was terminated from her role in Portsmouth last November, after a judge dismissed felony charges she had placed against 19 people, including state Sen. Louise Lucas, in connection to a protest and vandalism at the city’s Confederate monument last June, according to the Virginian-Pilot. The prosecutor of the case said there was not enough evidence to support the charges. In December, her legal representation sent a letter to Portsmouth’s mayor, interim city attorney and interim city manager expressing her intention to sue the city for wrongful termination, defamation, conspiracy and interfering with her contract.

“I am only modestly familiar with her tenure in Portsmouth and aware her service was terminated,” Lexington Mayor Frank Friedman said Monday, adding he is excited about

Greene’s arrival in May and is looking forward to her leadership.

“She is professional, has terrific law enforcement and leadership experience, and effusive enthusiasm that she brings to Lexington,” he continued. “She was the candidate that seized the attention of the interviewing teams as the best candidate from a deep pool of candidates.

“As our community embraces our history and our relationships to/with the Civil War, it is imperative that all in our community exercise peaceful, civil, dialogue and learn together how to embrace a positive, respectful future,” Friedman continued. “I know Chief Greene will support these ideas and bring her best to the job everyday as we strive to continue the good work started by recent leadership from previous chiefs Al Thomas, Sam Roman, Mark Riley and Mike Frost. Our shared goal is for Lexington to continue to be one of the safest cities in Virginia.”

To Greene, debate over Lexington’s Confederate heritage is a “policy issue involving City Council and other elected city leadership.”

“My role is to support the decisions of the elected city officials and community members, as we embark on their vision going forward for the city of Lexington,” Greene said Tuesday. “I look forward to working in partnership with all stakeholders as we find amicable solutions to this complex issue.”

On coming to Lexington, Greene said she is enthusiastic about the opportunity of meeting with all of Lexington’s community members: “Those actively involved in civic groups, special interest groups, youth activists, clergy leaders, college students and business owners,” she said.

“I want to actively listen to everyone’s concerns and visions for their Lexington police department,” she continued. “I am eager to begin working with all community members of this diverse and supportive city, in an effort to create the ideal police department that will continue to provide exceptional service based on dignity and respect, compassionate community engagement programs and innovative crime solving initiatives to improve the citizens’ quality of life that will entice future residents, business owners and visitors to this energetic, welcoming and safe city.”

Greene said she realized the benefits of serving a smaller community in her transition from Richmond to Portsmouth by way of forging connections within the department and in the community.

“Becoming a part of the beautiful, quaint and vibrant city of Lexington will further allow myself and the police officers’ ability to build on these personal interactions and work in partnership with the citizens for customized programs to fit the needs of the city of Lexington’s community,” Greene said.

Chief Greene is a native of New Jersey where she was born to immigrant parents. Greene holds a bachelor of arts degree in pre-law and political science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently obtaining her master’s degree in public administration with Old Dominion University. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Greene is a mother of two daughters, ages 15 and 20, and one son, age 24, who serves as a firefighter for the city of Chesapeake.

According to City Manager Jim Halasz, Greene was selected out of 19 applicants in an “extensive recruitment process” led by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP), which included screenings and assessments by the VACP and two interview panels, including one comprised of members of the Lexington community.

“We had a strong group of qualified applicants for the Lexington police chief position, and reviewed them with great scrutiny to find the best candidate for Lexington police chief,” said Dana Schrad, executive director for the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. “Chief Greene is a highly skilled law enforcement professional, and will be a tremendous asset for the department and for the community. We’re extremely pleased that she will be the next Lexington police chief.”

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