New police chief named in Covington

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COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — A local city has a new top cop who is familiar to many.

Christopher J. Smith was named chief of police and director of public safety by City Manager Krystal M. Onaitis.

Smith, a New Jersey native, has been interim police chief since February. He has worked in various positions during his 15 years with the Covington Police Department. While in the U.S. Air Force, Smith worked in law enforcement on military bases.

“In assessing the community and needs of public safety within the city, I am confident in Smith’s ability to lead our first responders as we move to engage our citizens and volunteers in new ways,” Onaitis said. “I am excited at what Smith has to offer based on his vision and commitment to Covington, I am eager to work with him in his new official capacity.”

“I am excited to serve in this new position as I further my service to the community I call home,” Smith said. “Covington is a beautiful and historic community with much to preserve and much to offer and I am so eager to begin.”

Smith starts as police chief Jan. 1.

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