Legislation # 13-0413 Enactment Number none
Type Resolution Effective Date none
Introduction Date 10/9/2013
Title Resolution in Recognition of Thomas H. Townsend
Legislation History 13-0413
DateNotice Of ActionDescription
10/9/2013 Adopted
10/10/2013 Received By Clerk's Office
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City of Hampton, Virginia


22 Lincoln Street

Hampton, VA 23669



File Number: 13-0413


Enactment Number: -


Resolution in Recognition of Thomas H. Townsend



WHEREAS, Thomas H. Townsend was raised in Hampton, Virginia; and


WHEREAS, in 1967, he graduated from Hampton High School; and


WHEREAS, in 1978, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the then Christopher Newport College; and


WHEREAS, Thomas H. Townsend joined the Hampton Police Division on January 18, 1974; and


WHEREAS, in 1982, he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University; and


WHEREAS, he graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia during the 167th Session held in 1991; and


WHEREAS, he has participated in hundreds of hours of specialized police training; and


WHEREAS, in 1977, he was promoted to Corporal, in 1984 to Sergeant, in 1989 to Lieutenant, in 1994 to Captain and in 1996 to Major; and


WHEREAS, in addition to patrol, Townsends early duties included traffic and criminal investigation, as well as an assignment to the then Planning and Analysis Unit where he was involved in a variety of administrative duties including research, grant writing, and budgeting; and


WHEREAS, Townsend served as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactical Team, a Patrol Sergeant, a Crime Analysis Unit Supervisor and a Crime Line Coordinator; and


WHEREAS, in 1993, Townsend was awarded the Police Divisions Meritorious Service Award for distinguished service and holds the departments Legion of Honor awarded for felonious injuries suffered in the line of duty; and


WHEREAS, Thomas H. Townsend served as Hamptons Police Chief from 2000 until his retirement in December of 2004; and


WHEREAS, in October of 2012, he came out of retirement to serve as Hamptons Acting Police Chief, a job he initially thought would be short-lived but which became a nearly year-long commitment; and


WHEREAS, as Interim Police Chief, Townsend provided critical, stabilizing leadership to the Hampton Police Division; and


WHEREAS, Chief Townsend worked tirelessly to focus the Divisions efforts to actively reengage with the citizens around community-based policing; and


WHEREAS, Chief Townsend was instrumental in developing a swift and immediate response to an escalation in gun violence with a series of strategies known as the Safe and Clean campaign; and


WHEREAS, no words or recognition could ever fully capture the deep appreciation of this very grateful Council, City Administration, Police Division and community.


NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia, that the current police department training room located within the Pat G. Minetti Public Safety Building at 40 Lincoln Street in Hampton from this day forward be named and known as the Thomas H. Townsend Training Room, to be recognized with appropriate signage.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Thomas H. Townsend be presented with the Distinguished Citizens Medal, which is the highest honor which can be bestowed by the Hampton City Council, and that a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of the October 9, 2013, City Council meeting of the City of Hampton, Virginia, and that an appropriate copy be signed by the Mayor, attested by the Clerk and presented to Thomas H. Townsend.


Adopted at the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia held on October 9, 2013.




Signed by ____________________________ Date _________________

George E. Wallace, Mayor





Attested by ____________________________ Date _________________

Katherine K. Glass, CMC

Clerk of the Council