RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Radford City Police Chief Jeffrey Dodson Jr. has announced he will resign from his position on July 14.

“Chief Dodson’s professionalism, drive, and expert knowledge have been reassuring and a constant for a City Manager. Chief Dodson has steadily handled the wheel and advanced the Radford City Police Department over his tenure, he will be missed,” said Radford City Manager, David Ridpath.

Dodson has served in Virginia for many years, working through the ranks of different departments. He has served Radford for three and a half years, during that time the department has received state and national recognitions for its new programs.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside the brave men and women of the Radford City Police Department,” Chief Dodson said. “The men and women of this agency are doing amazing work each day. I will continue to pray for these officers as they continue to serve and protect the Radford Community.”

Dodson was also appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin to the E-911 Service Board in 2022, and he is also an Executive Board Member for the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

“We are incredibly thankful for and proud of Chief Dodson’s service and leadership. His efforts to expand and enhance community policing in Radford have improved relationships for citizens and those who help keep them safe. Serving during the Covid pandemic as well as the national civil issues of the past few years has been challenging and Chief Dodson has done an excellent job managing the uncharted waters we have faced,” Mayor David Horton said.