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Roanoke hires first youth and gang violence prevention coordinator

Christopher Roberts lives in the Roanoke Valley and was selected from 24 applicants

Roanoke has hired its first youth and gang violence prevention coordinator in an effort to curb crime in the city.
Roanoke has hired its first youth and gang violence prevention coordinator in an effort to curb crime in the city.

ROANOKE, Va. – The City of Roanoke has hired its first youth and gang violence prevention coordinator.

Christopher Roberts joins the city in a two-year, grant-funded position. He will help connect city leadership with those in the community to drive solutions to youth and gang violence.

Roberts comes with a background in youth criminal justice and lives in the Roanoke Valley.

“He’s going to be really instrumental in helping us do our first-ever youth and gang violence community assessment, but Christopher will bring great expertise to that work,” Roanoke City Councilman Joe Cobb said.

Cobb said about two dozen people applied for the job. The city will also be hiring two outreach workers to help tackle the violence.