Michael Kochis named Chief of Charlottesville Police Department
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- For months, the Charlottesville Police Department has not had a permanent chief, but now interim City Manager Michael Rogers has made a pick.
"And that candidate is Michael Kochis," said Rogers during the Monday night Charlottesville City Council meeting. "I am confident that Michael Kochis will make a great police chief of the city of Charlottesville."
After the firing of Chief RaShall Brackney in 2021, the city began its long, nationwide search for a new person to be the top cop. In the end, Kochis, the current chief of the Warrenton Police Department, was recommended to the city council.
"A process that started in May of 2022, but the intensity of it happened over the last few months," Rogers said.
The finalists included interim Charlottesville Police Chief Tito Durrette, Loudoun County Major Division Commander Easton McDonald and Kochis. The city council voted “yes” unanimously on the suggestion.
In a survey taken by the city, residents of Charlottesville said that the two most important leadership qualities in a new police chief are "integrity" and "community concern." Kochis has received plenty of praise from organizations in Warrenton, including Black Lives Matter and the NAACP.
"All three gave glowing reports about Mr. Kochis' engagement with the community," said Rogers.
Given Kochis' resume, Mayor Lloyd Snook believes the new appointment will benefit the city substantially.
"That displays a commitment to reform and to changing the character of policing," said Snook.
"I know we have a lot of work to do and I am ready to get started," said Kochis.
He will be joining the department on Jan. 16.