ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke County Chief of Police Howard B. Hall announced Thursday that he will be retiring January 1, 2023.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Chief of the Roanoke County Police Department for the
past decade,” said Hall. “Everyone in our agency should be proud of the work that has been done and
the accomplishments that have been achieved towards keeping our communities safe. I am confident
that the leadership within the department will carry on this proud tradition as we move towards the

Roanoke County Police say Chief Hall has worked in law enforcement for 40 years and before coming to Roanoke he worked in Baltimore County, Maryland for 26 years. He was sworn in as the Chief in August of 2012.

“He has been a tremendous asset for Roanoke County and is to be commended for his dedication to the profession and our community. We will miss his leadership but know he will enjoy a well-deserved retirement,” said Roanoke County Administrator Richard L. Caywood.

Programs that Chief Hall has helped the county gain:

  • Officer wellness program
  • Construction of the Roanoke County Criminal Justice Academy
  • Incorporated a data-driven approach to crime and traffic safety
  • Training for officers responding to a mental health crises
  • School safety measures

Recognitions and awards:

  • Public Service Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • The J. Stannard Baker Award for lifetime contributions to traffic safety from the International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2019 inductee to the Evidence Based Policing Hall of Fame at the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy at George Mason University
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy

Leadership roles:

  • Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Virginia Highway Safety Committee
  • The International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program
  • The Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board
  • The Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

Chief Hall says there is still plenty of work to be done before he retires and he looks forward working with the county administration to make sure the change in leadership is smooth.

Roanoke County says they will begin the search for a new police chief soon.