BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) – The Town of Bedford has announced it has hired a new police chief.

Ronnie Lewis is coming to Bedford from the City of Fairfax where he holds the rank of Captain within its 90-person police department to fill the role of Bedford’s new Chief of Police.

Lewis is a native of the Lynchburg area and graduated from Rustburg High School. Professionally, he spent time with the Lynchburg Fire Department where he worked as a law enforcement deputy fire marshal in addition to serving as a firefighter and an emergency medical technician. He also worked as a deputy sheriff in Loudoun County before joining the Fairfax Police Department as a patrolman in 2011.

Lewis is a 2008 graduate of Keiser University and also holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Kaplan University. He has also completed several other training programs including the senior management institute for police and a certified public management program from George Mason University.

Lewis was one of 30 applicants for the police chief opening in Bedford. Finalists were narrowed down in a process that involved two separate interviews.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve in the area that I was raised in. I look forward to working with the great people of the Town of Bedford Police Department and building lasting relationships with the community. I am truly grateful for this opportunity.”

Ronnie Lewis, Bedford’s newly-hired police chief

Lewis fills the role after former police chief Todd Forman retired from the force back in January after over 25 years of service with the department. Lewis will be sworn in to begin his duties as Bedford’s Chief of Police on May 16.