Lexington announces its Interim Police Chief

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LEXINGTON (WSLS 10) - Captain Mark Riley will serve as Lexington's Interim Police Chief.

Captain Riley will officially take the position on May 6th, and hold it until a permanent Police Chief is hired.

The Lexington Police Department says it expects to hire a new Police Chief within four to six months, following a national search.

Read the full release below.

April 25, 2016 – 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.