In front of a crowded courtroom of peers, colleagues, friends and family, Chris Stutes took the formal oath of office to become Xenia Police Division's next Police Chief.
Stutes, a 26-year veteran of Xenia Police Division brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. Chief Stutes was sworn-in by Judge Mike Buckwalter on Friday, June 10, 2022 and is eager to get down to business. He will take the place of Chief Donald "Randy" Person, who has been in the position for 19 years. "How do I fill the shoes of Chief Person?" Stutes said in remarks following the ceremony. "The answer is, I can't, that's why I'm bringing my own pair."
Chief Stutes was one of several excellent candidates considered for the role. Stutes said Xenia Police Division is full of great leaders, which will be vital going forward. "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," he said.
Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman said Chief Stutes has his and City Council's complete confidence as he takes on this role. “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.”