new police chief
richmond times

Richmond, VA

#1 Apr 4, 2011
Well well well finaly we have a new chief. John F. Keohane, it's all in the Richmond times-dispatch.
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Bumpass, VA

#2 Apr 4, 2011
hopewell news

Hopewell, VA

#3 Apr 4, 2011
HOPEWELL — John F. Keohane was named the new police chief Monday morning. He is a 27-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department. Keohane, who currently resides in northwestern Chesterfield County, will begin his tenure May 1.

"Maj. Keohane will be an outstanding addition to the Hopewell community," City manager Dr. Edwin Daley said in a press release. "He is working hard for a short transition period and to relocate his family to the city of Hopewell."

He has been a police major for Richmond since July 2007 and has been in a supervisory role for 16 years. His focus shifted from major of the Area 2 Third and Fourth Precincts until January 2010 where he then came to the command of all major crime and drug investigations, homeland security and special events. This includes the city's SWAT, bomb negotiator and crowd management teams.

Keohane's commendations include receiving precinct of the year while at the helm. He has a master's in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, College of Technology. According to his résumé, he is a state-certified general, firearms and defensive tactics law enforcement trainer.

Keohane's current salary in Richmond is $104,826. Martin's was $107,640 base pay plus total compensation. It is unknown at press time what Keohane will receive from Hopewell.

The hiring of Keohane begins to conclude the situation with the departure of current chief Steven Martin. On Jan. 13, Martin announced that he would begin seeking other employment. He had served as chief for two years.

That announcement came after a tumultuous relationship between the police department and the commonwealth's attorney's office that was said to have factored into his decision to depart. Since the announcement, groups of citizens have lobbied for Martin to stay. He said he would consider staying if City Council asked him to remain.

The city hired Springsted Inc. to aid in the search for a new chief in February. Overall, 83 people applied from 27 states. Six were interviewed.

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its time

Hopewell, VA

#4 Apr 4, 2011
That's it boys, take or leave him, he will be here to stay.
GOB's, Sheriff, Commonwealth Attorney, do your own jobs ! You will get along just fine then.
weefolk 1

Richmond, VA

#5 Apr 4, 2011
Well at least we are going to give someone who is semi homegrown a chance. Getting tired of going outside for everything. It's like people from the area do not have enough sense or talent to take care of things. Hopewell is full of talented people who have to go elsewhere to pursue a career because the powers that be want outsiders.

Hopewell, VA

#6 Apr 4, 2011
Gestapo II. We'll see how well the new chief does in the next thirty days.
from RTD

Hopewell, VA

#7 Apr 5, 2011
Keohane, a 27-year department veteran who heads major crime and drug investigations for Richmond, has been named chief of police for Hopewell.

Keohane, who joined the Richmond Police Department in 1984, has more than 16 years of police supervisory experience — six as a senior commander — and currently oversees 175 sworn officers and 25 civilian employees within the major crime, narcotics, homeland security, special operations and other units. He starts his new job May 1.

Keohane, 49, was selected from 84 applicants in 27 states and was the only finalist out of six from Virginia.

Keohane will be the fourth high-ranking Richmond police official to leave the department since Maj. John Venuti started in February 2010 as police chief at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Police Maj. Peggy Horn, who was Richmond's highest-ranking female officer, left in October 2010 to be an investigative supervisor for the Medicaid-fraud unit at the attorney general's office. In February, officials at University of Richmond announced that their new police chief would be Richmond Assistant Chief David M. McCoy.

Keohane said his goal is to "mend fences" in Hopewell and enhance the department's relationship with the community and the city's other criminal justice agencies. Outgoing police chief Steven D. Martin's contentious relationship with Hopewell Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Newman was one of the chief factors in Martin's decision to leave.

"I feel like I have a good knack in forming great partnerships, and I think I'm pretty good in dealing with issues and being up front," Keohane said Monday. "I've heard of some of the differences that were going on, but I think I bring in my leadership style (the ability) to overcome these problems."

"If everyone has the same goals and the same mission of keeping a safe and secure Hopewell, we should be able to work through differences and meet some common ground," he added. "And I think I can be a change to that."

Hopewell City Manager Edwin Daley, who selected Keohane from the six finalists, said Keohane has an excellent reputation in the region and will be an "outstanding addition to the Hopewell community."

Keohane holds a master's in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor's in criminal justice from the State University of New York, College of Technology.

Daley said Keohane will work hard for a short transition period from Richmond to Hopewell. Martin, who announced his resignation in mid-January, likely will stay until the end of April, Daley said.

Keohane, who earns $105,000 annually in Richmond, will make $100,000 plus $10,000 in deferred compensation in Hopewell, Daley said.

Keohane, who lives in Chesterfield County's Bon Air community, said he plans to move his family to Hopewell but initially may have to find a place just for himself. "It's a very quick turnaround," he said.

Keohane is fourth senior Richmond police commander to take a job with a Tri-Cities police department in less than four years. Former Richmond police Maj. John Dixon was named Petersburg's police chief in September 2007, and Dixon tapped Richmond police Majs. Lewis James and Charlene Hinton to join his command staff later that year.

Hopewell Mayor Christina Luman-Bailey said she hopes Keohane can continue with Martin's success in building good rapport with the public.

Vice Mayor K. Wayne Walton said that with Keohane's "outstanding record" in Richmond, "it looks like he'll fit in good down here and carry on our improvements."

City resident Janice Denton, who is a member of the Hopewell Citizens of Good Government, said she is excited about Keohane and believes he can lift morale for the department's officers and civilian employees.

"I just hope and pray that (Keohane) will give the men and women the leadership they need, the respect they deserve and cooperate with the commonwealth attorney's office… and work together as a team," she said. "I think he has the ability to do that."

Paducah, KY

#8 Apr 6, 2011
adults wrote:
Gestapo II. We'll see how well the new chief does in the next thirty days.
30 days? Who are you kidding?.....Give the man a fair chance.....
We hired a human, not a miracle worker.....

Hopewell, VA

#9 Apr 6, 2011
Hope wrote:
<quoted text>
30 days? Who are you kidding?.....Give the man a fair chance.....
We hired a human, not a miracle worker.....
I wonder if the previous poster read the full article??

The new chief doesn't start until May 1st. That Gives Martin 24 more days to "handle" things.

Hopewell, VA

#10 Apr 6, 2011
He probably wont get a fair chance. You know Pelham is going to hate him because he is white. His best chance with her is to offer her food. If he is breathing then CLB might give him a "chance"
VN Vet

Harrisonburg, VA

#11 Apr 6, 2011
Racism is rampent in this debate. If you don't kiss the black a$$ you are bad. Pelham needs to go, she is old school and worthless. C.L-B. will be hot for the new chief, I hope he is faithful to his wife. We all know what she is ,and the sheriff.

Hopewell, VA

#12 Apr 7, 2011
CLB is smoking HOT!!!
VN Vet

Harrisonburg, VA

#13 Apr 7, 2011
The sheriff thinks so.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#14 Apr 27, 2011
The new man is in charge, in town, and looking good. A lot of people are not happy. To bad,so sad. Happy days are here again.

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