Longo named interim UVA Police Chief following Sutton's abrupt resignation

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia has appointed former Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo as its interim police chief after former UVA Police Chief Tommye Sutton resigned on Friday.

Sutton was placed on paid leave in September. The university has not released information about what led to his being placed on leave or what prompted his resignation.

Longo's appointment is effective immediately, and he will serve as interim chief for a period of about 12 months, according to a university spokesperson.

"The way I see it, families drop their loved ones here for a period of time and they entrust then to other people's care and in large part that is the responsibility of the police department of this university," he said. "While it's dense and presents its logistical challenges, those are challenges we are accustomed to dealing with in law enforcement."

After Longo retired CPD in 2016, he joined the faculty of UVA's School of Continuing and Professional Studies to help start a master's degree program in public safety administration, where he is currently the program director.

"We are very excited to have Tim step into this important role," said University Executive Vice President and COO Jennifer "J.J." Wagner Davis. "Tim is a part of the Charlottesville community and the UVA family and his deep connections, vast experience and the respect everyone has for him will put the University Police Department in very capable hands as we look to the future."

The UVA Police Department provides security for the university's 47,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors, and it has more than 130 employees.

"I am looking forward to working with the great team in place at the university and the committed, hard-working officers here at UPD, many of whom I've known for years," said Longo.

Longo has 35 years of experience in law enforcement, having gotten his start in 1981 in the Baltimore Police Department. During his time in Baltimore, he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from Towson University and then earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School.

He also did consultant work in Washington, D.C. before becoming the CPD Chief in 2001.

The UVA Police Department and UVA have not released any information concerning why Sutton was placed on administrative leave or his sudden resignation after being on the job for about one year.

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