JAMES CITY - Acting James City Administrator Doug Powell announced Thursday that Bradley J. Rinehimer will become the county’s permanent police chief effective March 1. Rinehimer has been acting chief since former chief Emmett Harmon retired in December 2013.
According to a press release from the county, Rinehimer has been with the department for more than 18 years, with experience in budgeting, special planning, promotion processes, accreditation and policy development and implementation.
“First and foremost, our department will continue to protect and serve the citizens of the county," Rinehimer said in the release. "Looking forward, one of the emerging problems I see here and across the nation is the growing concern with mental illness. This issue is a community problem that must be addressed through a collaborative effort of all those involved.”
Rinehimer also said he wanted to address increased workloads placed on officers, and focus on "recruitment, retention, and promotion of a highly qualified, modern, and diverse workforce."
Rinehimer is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Professional Executive Development School and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development School. He received his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2005 from the University of Cincinnati.
James City Police has more than 90 sworn officers who annually respond to approximately 20,000 calls.