Town of Louisa Police Chief Jessie L. Shupe resigned his position with the department on Thursday, June 12. Shupe will serve as police chief for the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Airport Authority police department and will begin his new position on June 30.
Shupe, a former Virginia State Police Trooper, became chief of the Town of Louisa police department on August 10, 2012.
During his tenure in Louisa, Shupe brought overall continuity and accountability to the department through changes in how and when reports were completed and forwarded to VSP along with usage of vehicles on a daily basis.
Shupe reconfigured and constructed overall accountability for the department even in the hiring process. He brought in a straight hiring process for new vacancies which included three phases before a candidate was offered a position.
He said when manpower was short in the department the officers produced at a higher level than when fully staff and had nothing but praise for the officers and their work.
“A leader is only as good as their troops,” Shupe said.
The officers have grown and strengthen their abilities and were on pace to surpass what the department did last year in maintaining public safety, Shupe said. The driving under the influence and drug arrests are up in part to the quality of the staff and their training.
To read the entire story, see the June 19 edition of The Central Virginian.