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Posted on: May 2, 2022

Captain Chris Stutes selected as new Xenia Police Chief

Captain Chris Stutes

The City of Xenia is pleased to announce that it has selected its next Chief of Police, Captain Chris Stutes.  

Stutes, a 26-year veteran of the Xenia Police Division, was one of several excellent candidates considered for the role. “Being offered the position of Chief is about timing and opportunity and I am humbled to have been selected to lead this great team,” Stutes said. “The Xenia Police Division has a history of being led by great leaders. There have been many before me and there are many currently here who are talented leaders. Chief Person has positioned this ship and has it sailing in the right direction. As Chief, my goal is to continue moving this ship forward and add a little extra wind to its sail. We will continue to challenge the process and explore methods of how we can be most effective and efficient in serving this community by finding local solutions to local problems.” 

Captain Stutes has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Award and others which recognized his leadership and professional conduct. Stutes was awarded the Xenia Police Division’s highest honor in 2006, the Casey Elliot Memorial “City’s Finest Award,” which recognizes officers who set a standard of excellence for other officers to follow.  

“Captain Stutes has our complete confidence and support as he takes on this new and important role,” said Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman. “Xenia Police Division has a tradition of excellence and I have no doubt that Captain Stutes will continue that tradition by being a professional and compassionate leader.” Captain Stutes will be sworn in on June 10th at the Greene County Courthouse by Judge Mike Buckwalter.

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