Troy University alumnus Kelvin L. Wright has been named as the police chief for the city of Chesapeake, VA.
Formerly a major in the department, Wright’s appointment became effective April 1.
Wright, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from TROY, was selected following an extensive, nationwide search, according to Chesapeake City Manager William E. Harrell.
“I am extremely pleased to be able to bring an officer of Kelvin Wright's caliber to the office of Police Chief,” Harrell said. “Chesapeake is a dynamic, diverse community, and I look forward to working with Chief Wright to continue to provide our residents with one of the safest cities in the nation. We were fortunate to find, in Kelvin Wright, a dedicated public servant who embodies those qualities most important to our community.”
Major Wright began his law enforcement career in Chesapeake in 1982 as a patrol officer. He rose through the ranks with posts as a field training officer in the Traffic Enforcement Section and in Vice and Narcotics Investigation, among others. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1992, lieutenant in 1996 and major in 2003.
“I am extremely pleased about this opportunity to serve the citizens of Chesapeake,” Wright said. “To be able to lead a group of sworn and non-sworn men and women as dedicated and capable as the Chesapeake Police Department is rare. I am excited about working with each of them, and with our citizens, to move the department forward while continuing our legacy of efficient, community-based policing.”
In addition to his degree from TROY, Wright holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Tidewater Community College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saint Leo University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in public administration (Urban Policy) at Old Dominion University.
Wright also has taught criminal justice as an adjunct professor at Tidewater Community College since 2000.
Wright and his wife Janet have two sons, Kelvin and Anderson.