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James City County names Police Chief who started as department's first police officer in 1979

Date: August 26, 2005
Contact: Ruth Richey, Communications Specialist

Phone: (757) 253-6864


County Administrator Sandy Wanner has named Emmett Harmon as the Police Department's new Chief. He was hired as the County's first police officer in 1979. His new position will start Sept. 1.


"Emmett has risen through the ranks and has been involved in all areas of the department from selecting, training and supervising new officers to writing new policies and procedures. He has the vision and experience to lead the department and cares greatly for this community," said County Administrator Sandy Wanner.


He succeeds Dave Daigneault, who retired after approximately three decades in law enforcement.

Harmon started with the department as a police officer nearly 26 years ago after serving two years as a police officer for the City of Newport News. He started his career at age 19 as a police officer for the City of Suffolk. After serving as a patrol officer from 1979 to 1982, Harmon was promoted to sergeant then lieutenant. In 2001, he was promoted to major and in January 2004 he was named deputy chief of police. As deputy police chief, he is responsible for commanding the Uniform Division, including Uniform Patrol, the Community Services Unit, Traffic Unit and the SWAT Team. He also serves as the department's Internal Affairs Investigator.


In 2004, Harmon graduated from both the FBI National Academy in Quantico and the Professional Executive Leadership School, University of Richmond. Since 2003, he has served as an accreditation team leader by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. He graduated from the Mid-Atlantic Police Supervisors Institute at Christopher Newport University in 1998.


Harmon also has received training as a firearms instructor, general police instructor and SWAT Commander at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy.


Harmon earned a bachelor's of science degree in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University in 2000. He also has an associate's degree in Police Science from Thomas Nelson Community College. He and his wife will soon move to James City County.



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