DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATED STORY
After months of searching for the perfect candidate, the city of Danville has a new police chief.
Scott Booth was named Danville's new police chief Tuesday morning.
He comes to the area with more than 21 years of law enforcement experience.
"I could not resist the call of Danville," says Booth.
Right now, he works for the federal government, but he's bringing more than 21 years of law enforcement experience to Danville.
"Once I started learning more and more about Danville, and the people here and what everybody's trying to do to make it better, I got excited," he says.
Booth says his main goal right out the gate is to increase community policing in the city.
"Whether it's violent crime or quality of life issues, or even property crime or what have you, you've got to work with people," he says.
He says if your community doesn't trust you, you won't be successful.
It's his focus on the community that made him the top candidate, according to city manager Ken Larking, who says Booth will teach the officers more about forming relationships.
"Hopefully the result will be people willing to talk to each other about what's happening, and have a safer community overall," says Larking.
Booth says working together as an entire city is key to improving the city as a whole.
"Crime is not reduced, quality of life is not increased, by just the police department. If you're a business owner, if you work in schools, if you work in any aspect of city government, I plan on working with you so we can solve this problem together," he says.
He can't wait to get the ball rolling.
"I think it's an exciting time to be in Danville and I welcome the opportunity to be able to come here as the chief of police," says Booth.
Booth doesn't officially start as chief until February 5, but he says we haven't heard the last of him before then.
Danville has a new police chief.
Scott C. Booth currently serves as deputy federal security director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Transportation Security Administration in Charlotte, N.C.
Prior to taking the Danville position, he served as police chief of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
According to a release from the city, Booth has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience, including working in the Richmond police department.