Bedford police chief announces retirement

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

Todd Foreman, Bedford’s outgoing Chief of Police.

BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) – Bedford’s Chief of Police, Todd Foreman, has announced his retirement.

In a written letter, Foreman noted that the action is based on his decision to accept a new private-sector position as director of law enforcement outreach with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries which will allow him to remain as a citizen of the community.

“I will stay involved in the community as Bedford is a great place to live and I only want to see it improve and grow. This is what makes the decision so difficult.”

Todd Foreman, Outgoing Bedford Police Chief

Foreman’s retirement will take effect on Feb. 1 and will cap a distinguished career in law enforcement.

Foreman began working for Bedford as a patrol officer in 1996 and advanced through the ranks – ultimately being appointed Chief of Police in 2016.

An open search for a new police chief will begin immediately.

Current Bedford Lt. Shannan Walker will serve as interim chief until the position is permanently filled.

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