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Richard W. Myers has over 35 years of public safety experience

2013 Dec 11

Newport News, Va., – Newport News City Manager Jim Bourey today announced his selection of Richard W. "Rick" Myers as Chief of Police. He will begin his new position on January 16th with an annual salary of $154,000. He is replacing former Chief of Police Jim Fox who retired at the end of August. Assistant Police Chief Joseph A. Moore has been serving as Interim Chief of Police since September 1st.

A native of Rochester, Michigan, Chief Myers is currently owner/principal of RWM Limited, providing subject-matter expertise in training, consulting, and management studies for public and private sectors. Chief Myers has over 35 years of public safety experience with 27 years as Chief of Police for several municipal police departments including the cities of Colorado Springs (CO), Appleton (WI), and Plymouth (MI), and the Village of Lisle (IL). He has also served as Interim Chief of Police for the cities of Sanford (FL) and Manitou Springs (CO). Chief Myers received a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, both from Michigan State University. He is a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

"I want to commend Chief Moore and thank him for his terrific leadership and outstanding support during this time of transition," said City Manager Jim Bourey. "We had a tremendous pool of candidates for Chief of Police, and we are excited to have Chief Myers join our team of excellent public safety personnel. He has extensive experience in law enforcement and management, and we are confident in his ability to lead our Police Department."

"The Newport News Police Department has long been recognized for its tradition of problem oriented policing and the caliber of the men and women who serve," said Chief Myers. "It is my deep honor to have been offered the chance to lead this great organization. I look forward to learning the community as well as assimilating into the agency, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that the police and the community work collaboratively, as one."

Myers was selected after thorough process that included a national search, an extensive assessment center last month, a series of interviews with the City Manager, department directors, and a panel of select Police Department employees, and two open forums—one with Police Department employees and one for citizens.

Chief Richard W. Myers

Chief Richard W. "Rick" Myers is a native of Rochester, Michigan and has served as a police chief in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Florida. His career in policing began in 1977 in the suburbs of Detroit. As a street officer, he served in patrol in both rural and urban communities, including 3 years as a fully consolidated public safety officer. In 1983 he served as an Investigator at a major Medical Examiner's Office, and in 1984 was appointed as a chief of police for the first time. He has served as a police chief/interim police chief since then.

Chief Myers has served a diverse group of communities. As a rookie chief, he served in a rural community with few employees. His largest chief of police appointment was in America's 46th largest city where he oversaw almost a thousand employees. In between, he has led agencies in the suburbs of Detroit and Chicago, and in Wisconsin led an agency that was perennially listed as one of the safest cities in America. Since early 2012, he has served as an Interim Police Chief for cities in Colorado and Florida.

Graduating with a Bachelor's of Science from Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) in 1976, Chief Myers went on to graduate studies at Oakland University (Rochester, MI) and completed his Masters of Science in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He was strongly influenced by the emerging model of Community Oriented Policing being developed by MSU's Director of the School of Criminal Justice, the late Dr. Robert Trojanowicz. During his twelve years of leadership in Wisconsin, he had the opportunity to study with Dr. Herman Goldstein, the father of Problem Oriented Policing, and blended these two philosophies of policing into a leadership vision.

Chief Myers has had the opportunity to attend all three of the FBI's premier training programs for police leaders. In 1989 he attended the FBI National Academy, 156th Session. In 1992, he returned to Quantico, VA for the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS). In 2008, Chief Myers attended the FBI's National Executive Institute (NEI) which is open to leaders of the nation's major cities police departments. His NEI experience included studies in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In addition to his many years of police leadership as a chief, Myers is a published co-author of a recent textbook, The Future of Policing; a Practical Guide for Police Managers and Leaders (2012), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. He is a charter member of the Society of Police Futurists International (PFI) and an original member of the PFI and FBI collaboration known as the Futures Working Group (FWG). Chief Myers has been a regular contributor to the series of publications by the FWG.

Chief Myers' leadership has extended beyond the agencies he has served. He is a Past President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, the Police Futurists International, the Wisconsin Police Executive Group, and has been a Board member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) as well as the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. A life-member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, he is currently serving as a Commissioner and a Board member for the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA is the gold standard accrediting body for police agencies across North America, and establishes the standards that accredited agencies must meet.

Chief Myers was recently appointed to the Board of the National Homeland Defense Foundation. He has a long record of community service, having served on the Boards of Boys and Girls Clubs, domestic violence shelters, Diversity Centers, and other youth-based organizations.

Chief Myers is a lifelong learner. Since 2008, he has traveled to study policing and homeland security in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Israel, and in 2011 he was one of 10 American policing experts to provided training to the Tanzanian National Police in Africa. Chief Myers is the recipient of several notable awards:

  • The Unity in Diversity Award, presented by Towards Community: Unity in Diversity, Appleton, Wisconsin for his community leadership on diversity issues.
  • The Egon Bittner Award presented by CALEA, in recognition of continuously leading accredited police agencies for a period of 15 or more years.
  • The MSU School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame award, recognition of a distinguished career reflecting well on the school and its CJ program.

Additionally, under his leadership, the Colorado Springs Police Department received the Herman Goldstein International Award for Problem Solving Policing for its Homeless Outreach Team, and the IACP Presented its Military/Civilian Collaboration Award to CSPD and surrounding military policing entities.

Since completing his Interim Chief assignment in Sanford, Chief Myers has served as a consultant on several criminal justice projects nationwide, and has continued his writing and teaching.


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