Chief Richard (“Rick”) W. Myers has served as Chief of Police for the City of Newport News, Virginia since January 2014, leading a total staff of 440 sworn officers. He began his career in policing in 1977 in the Detroit suburbs and has served as a patrol officer, public safety officer, and Medical Examiner Investigator. He was first appointed as a Police Chief in 1984, and has led agencies in Plymouth, Michigan; Lisle, Illinois; and Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, from 2007-2011 Myers was the chief of the Colorado Springs, CO Police, with an agency of almost 1000 personnel.
Chief Myers received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University, where he has been admitted to the MSU Criminal Justice Alumni Wall of Fame. He is a graduate of all three of the FBI’s leadership programs: The FBI National Academy-156th Session; the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar-26th Session; and the FBI National Executive Institute-31st Session. Chief Myers is in his 8th year as a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and currently Chairs the Commission. He is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Past Board Member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF); and a Past President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA) and the Society of Police Futurists International (PFI).