LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Former Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene was named as the next Police Chief for the City of Lexington on Thursday.
Lexington officials say Greene will begin as Chief on May 10, replacing Interim Police Chief Mike Frost.
According to the city, Green’s appointment of Greene follows an extensive recruitment process, which included screenings and assessments by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and two interview panels, one of which was comprised of members of the Lexington community.
“We had a strong group of qualified applicants for the Lexington police chief position, and reviewed them with great scrutiny to find the best candidate for Lexington police chief,” said Dana Schrad, Executive Director for the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. “Chief Greene is a highly skilled law enforcement professional, and will be a tremendous asset for the department and for the community. We’re extremely pleased that she will be the next Lexington police chief.”
When asked about the opportunity, Greene said, “I am ecstatic to become a part of the Lexington family, and for the privilege to lead the honorable men and women of the Lexington Police Department. Working in partnership with our community, we will continue the successes in public safety that the city has enjoyed over the years, while elevating the levels of community collaboration and improving the quality of life for everyone.”
“Lexington continues to attract talented professionals to the community. During the search for the new Chief of Police, we had 19 very talented and experienced applicants, from the State of Virginia and outside the state. Making the selection for the new Chief was surprisingly difficult, because we had several excellent finalists for the position,” City Manager Jim Halasz said. “However, Ms. Angela Greene, who has had a long career, in law enforcement, in the cities of Richmond and Portsmouth, made her way to the top of my list and I am thrilled that Angela will be joining our City team and the community, as our next Chief of Police.”
Greene — a New Jersey native born to immigrant parents — holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Law and Political Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently working to obtain her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University, according to the City of Lexington.
She is also reportedly a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
In addition, officials say Greene is the mother of a 15-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old daughter, as well as a 24-year-old son who serves as a firefighter for the City of Chesapeake.
Greene joins the Lexington Police Department with 20 years of law enforcement experience, eight of which were spent in senior leadership positions. Officials say Greene’s most recent position was as Chief of Police in Portsmouth.
However, while serving in Portsmouth, Greene was placed on leave back in September with pay in the wake of the June 2020 incident at the city’s Confederate monument, which led to a man being seriously hurt and more than a dozen Black community leaders, including State Sen. Louise Lucas, being charged.
Those charges against Lucas and the NAACP leaders were later dropped, but Greene was fired from her position in Portsmouth in November 2020. At the time of her firing, Greene denied she did anything wrong and said in January, she plans to sue for wrongful termination.