Cincinnati assistant police chief gets new job in Virginia Beach

Cincinnati assistant police chief gets new job in Virginia Beach
Cincinnati police assistant chief Paul Neudigate has been selected as the next chief of the Virginia Beach Police Department. (Source: WXIX)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (FOX19/AP) - A 30-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department will be the next police chief of Virginia Beach.

Paul Neudigate is currently assistant chief and commander of the patrol bureau in Cincinnati.

He will begin his job in Virginia Beach on Oct. 14.

Neudigate will succeed former police Chief Jim Cervera, who retired in May.

He was selected by Virginia Beach City Manager Patrick Duhaney.

Duhaney resigned as Cincinnati City Manager in June.

"Paul is a consummate professional whose experience, community orientation, emotional intelligence and progressive policing philosophy made him the right choice to lead the Virginia Beach Police Department, Duhaney said.

Duhaney says the search for a new police chief was already closed before he was named city manager, but the staff held up the process so he could be part of it.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected as next police chief for the City of Virginia Beach. The police department is well-regarded nationally and I know that comes from strong leadership, principled officers and experienced support staff who make it their mission to serve the community effectively and professionally,” Neudigate said.

He is the recipient of the Medal of Valor from the Cincinnati Police Department, the Cincinnati City Manager’s Award for Innovative Government, and the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing.

Councilman David Mann was surprised Tuesday when we asked him for a comment about Neudigate leaving. He said he didn’t know.

“I come home and I try to turn it all off,” he explained.

Mann said the chief’s job in Virginia Beach is a great opportunity for Neudigate, but a loss for the city of Cincinnati.

“He’s top notch. Well, that’s a compliment to him, but I am sorry we are losing him," Mann said.

Copyright 2020 WXIX. The Associated Press contributed to this report.