City stays home to find new chief

Chad Burnine, 33, a Richmond native who’s moved through his hometown police department ranks from patrolman to interim chief, was promoted to chief of police last week. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/News Editor


There wasn’t a whole lot of introducing necessary last week when Chad Burnine was announced as Richmond’s new chief of police.

That’s because Burnine, 33, who had served as interim chief for a year and is a local product, is a known quantity.

“You’ve done very well,” Mayor Mike Wright said in making the promotion official at a special city council meeting on Sept. 27. “It’s an honor. The department has really responded well to you and the community knows you. There’s a humbleness and professionalism about him at the same time.”

His quiet manner and low-key approach to law enforcement have been well received within the department, two of his oldest fellow officers and friends say.

“He’s pretty easy to work for as long as you come in and do your job,” said Sgt. Todd Herdman, who began working with Burnine in 1996, the year the new chief graduated from Richmond High School.

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One Response to City stays home to find new chief

  1. Cody Davis

    August 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I think it was a great decision to make Chad our new chief. He’s done such a great job at keeping our city safe.

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