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Florida chief tapped to lead Chesterfield Police

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Chesterfield County has named Jeffrey S. Katz as the county's new police chief.

"The opportunity to join and lead one of Virginia’s premier law-enforcement agencies is an immense honor," Katz said. "I’m looking forward to working with members of the department, county leaders, citizens and businesses to advance the interests of safety and wellness throughout our community."

Katz is currently the chief of police in Boynton Beach, Florida.

"I hate to see him leave," Boynton Beach Mayor Steven B. Grant said.

Earlier in the day, Katz confirmed his hire via Twitter.

"Today, @ChesterfieldVa is announcing my appointment as the next @CCPDVa chief," he tweeted. "Next month, I'll retire from @BBPD & @cityofboynton after a fulfilling 20-year career. I’m grateful. Look forward to serving alongside the men & women of one of Virginia’s premier policing agencies."

He said he planned to hand his cell phone number out to citizens and use Facebook and Twitter to communicate to people in Chesterfield.

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