Riley named Lexington Police Department's interim chief

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LEXINGTON, Va. The Lexington Police Department has named an interim police chief when Alfred Thomas Jr. leaves to become the chief in Charlottesville.

City Manager Noah Simon announced Monday that Captain Mark Riley will take over for Thomas on May 6.

Simon expects to hire a new chief within four to six months.

Riley is from Rockbridge County and has worked for the Lexington Police Department for 22 years.

Here is the news release from the Lexington Police Department:

City Manager Noah A. Simon announces the appointment of Captain Mark Riley as Lexington’s Interim Police Chief. The appointment will commence on the last day for Chief Thomas, May 6th.
Captain Riley will serve in the position of interim Police Chief until a permanent replacement is hired.

The City Manager expects to hire a Police Chief within four to six months following a comprehensive national search.

“I have complete and unwavering confidence in Captain Riley. He has the knowledge and skills to guide the department through this transition period. Captain Riley has the support of an excellent department of law enforcement professionals to depend and rely on,” said the City Manager.

A native of Rockbridge County, Captain Riley has served the Lexington Police Department for more than 22 years. Captain Riley has attended the FBI National Academy, the Professional Executive Leadership School from the University of Richmond, the Institute of Leadership in Changing Times from Virginia Tech and Deputy Chief School from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Captain Riley will be responsible for maintaining community relationships, preserving the working environment and high morale within the department during the transition period and continuing effective law enforcement practices that have defined the Lexington Police Department. Captain Riley, his wife Michelle and two children reside in the area and are involved in the local community.