New chief in Va. city has been with PD 32 years

City manager decided to forgo an expensive and time-consuming national search and hires interim chief instead


The Virginian-Pilot

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach didn't need to spend thousands of dollars searching for a passionate, straight-shooting community leader to run its police force. It already had one in interim chief Jim Cervera.

Cervera, 55, who has worked his way through the ranks of the city's Police Department for three decades, was named chief Tuesday, a surprise announcement by City Manager Jim Spore that was greeted with delight by those who have worked with the veteran cop.

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