Chief Ken Criner retiring from Rocky Mount Police after 34 years in law enforcement

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ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) — The Town of Rocky Mount announced Tuesday night that Police Chief Ken Criner is retiring after spending more than a decade serving the town and more than three decades serving in law enforcement.

Officials say Criner came to Rocky Mount in December 2010 after retiring from the Roanoke Police Department. He then became the Rocky Mount Police Chief in 2014.

“I am extremely honored to have served the Town of Rocky Mount as Chief of Police for the last seven years and in the field of Law Enforcement for almost thirty-five years. I am looking forward to retirement and being able to spend more time with my family,” said Criner.

“Chief Criner has had a long, distinguished career in law enforcement, completing his more than thirty years of public service as the Rocky Mount Police Chief. He has guided the Rocky Mount Police Department through some challenging and trying times and given his all to the Rocky Mount community,” said Town Manager Robert Wood. “Chief Criner is a good man whose knowledge, experience, and wisdom will be missed. Everyone with the Town wishes Ken and his family the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

According to the town’s statement from Tuesday, Sept. 7, Capt. Mark Lovern will serve as the Acting Chief for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Meanwhile, Rocky Mount officials will begin the recruitment process for a new chief as soon as possible.

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