City Manager Ken Larking announced the promotion of Christopher (Chris) K. Wiles from interim chief of police to the position of chief of police. Wiles served as interim police chief for nearly two months and, prior to that, as deputy police chief since last December. The announcement was released on December 19, 2023.
He is a 30-year veteran of the Danville Police Department, having joined the department on Sept. 1, 1993.
“The hiring process was extremely competitive, as we had several well-qualified applicants,” Larking said. “However, it was apparent that Chris was the best fit for our community.”
Larking added, “I am pleased that we have strong leadership from the police department, so we had the luxury of promoting from within for this very important position. The department has made great strides, and Chris’ experience and knowledge of the system will allow us to continue the great progress.”
Wiles was chosen from a field of 48 candidates through a national recruitment. Developmental Associates LLC in Chapel Hill, N.C., was hired to coordinate the search. A 13-member assessment panel vetted finalists in skill-assessment exercises, including a presentation, a written exercise, a simulated community meeting and a coaching role-play. The panel included police chiefs from three states.
Wiles will succeed Scott Booth, who left at the end of October to become police chief in Roanoke.
“I am extremely honored by the opportunity to serve our community and the women and men of the Danville Police Department as chief of police,” Wiles said. “I look forward to continuing to build upon the great successes our department has achieved in addressing crime and building strong partnerships within our community.”
During his career with the Danville Police Department, Wiles has held positions in patrol, criminal investigations, honor guard, and the community policing unit. He has served a major of the services division, major of the operations division, and deputy chief.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Longwood College (now University). He is a graduate of the 272nd session of the FBI National Academy and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) at the University of Richmond.