Department Organization

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Chief of Police Tim Jones

Chief Jones was named acting chief after the retirement of Chris Perkins on March 1, 2016.  On July 12, 2016, Jones was named Chief of Police following an extensive selection process with input from departmental staff and a diverse panel of citizens.   He has served the department since 1981.  He is a graduate of the Harvard University-Kennedy School of Executive Education, the 232nd class of the FBI National Academy       at Quantico, and the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives at Boston University.

Deputy Chief Jones has been published in CALEA Update magazine and Police Chief  magazine.  He is also an adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College.

You can reach Chief Jones via email at,  
Or call 540-853-2203.

Deputy Chief Monti Lee

Deputy Chief Lee oversees the Investigations and Support Division, which is made up of  the Investigations Bureau, Support Services Bureau, Planning and Analysis, and the  Roanoke Police Training Academy.  He started his career with the department in 1985.

He is a graduate of the Forensic Science Academy, the Professional Executive Leadership School [PELS], the Harvard University-Kennedy School of Executive  Education and the Institute of Leadership in Changing Times [ILCT].

If you would like to contact Deputy Chief Lee, please email,
Or call 540-853-2828.

Deputy Chief Eric Charles

Deputy Chief Charles started his career with the department in 1992 and supervises the Investigations Bureau, Support Services Bureau, Planning and Analysis, and the Roanoke  Police Training Academy.  He is a graduate of the Drug Unit Commander School, the Professional Executive Leadership School [PELS], and the National Criminal Justice
Command College.

Deputy Chief Charles is also a proud veteran of the United States Army.

You can reach Captain Charles via email at,
Or by calling 540-853-5298.

 Captain Chester Smith

Captain Smith began his career at the department in 1985.  He supervises the Patrol Bureau.
Captain Smith has prior experience as a school resource officer, community oriented policing, and 
was the previous director of the Roanoke Police Training Academy.

Captain Smith is a graduate of Radford University and is currently pursuing a master's degree from 
the University of Virginia.

You can reach Captain Smith via email at
Or by calling 540-853-1079.