The town of Gordonsville has a new police chief, Glen D. Arrington, but Arrington is not new to the police department.

The 33-year-old started his law enforcement career in Gordonsville as a volunteer auxiliary officer in 2006 and became a community service officer the following year.

After graduating from the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Academy in 2009, Arrington served as a police officer in Gordonsville for three years.

His career then took him to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a deputy for three years. From March 2015 to December 2016, he was a sheriff’s deputy in Orange County. He then returned to Gordonsville as a certified police officer.

Arrington was promoted to corporal in 2017 and named sergeant in June 2019. He served as interim chief during former Gordonsville Chief Clay Corbin’s leave of absence from late September until his resignation, for health reasons, in mid-December. Arrington was then named acting chief.

The town launched a search in January and received 12 applications for the position of police chief, according to a release from Gordonsville Town Manager Debbie Kendall. She and town council interviewed four candidates in early February.

Following Kendall’s recommendation, council appointed Arrington as chief at a salary of $52,680. He will be formally sworn in as chief during a public ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday in council chambers at Gordonsville Town Hall.

“Having worked with Glen as acting and interim chief for the past five months, I have found him to be knowledgeable and professional in his handling of all matters pertaining to law enforcement within our community,” Kendall said in a prepared statement. “He is a good fit for our organization, and we are all excited that we get to continue working with him.”

Arrington grew up in Louisa County, near Gordonsville. Speaking by phone Tuesday morning, he said he circled back to the police department in Gordonsville after his stints as a deputy “because it’s where my heart is”—and where he got his start in law enforcement.

Speaking of the town, which has about 1,600 residents, he said, “We’re pretty blessed. We don’t have a whole lot of crime in our community. I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with the community and continuing our community policing principles and involvement.”

He added that he plans to “look for ways to improve and get even better at community policing.” In addition to the chief, Gordonsville has six full-time, three part-time and two auxiliary police officers. Richard Shotwell serves as the department’s volunteer chaplain.

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