“It has been my great honor to serve, protect, and support this community for the past 46 years,” Person said. “I have been privileged to work with excellent officers, dispatchers and staff at the Xenia Police Division who serve with integrity and compassion every day and have always made me proud to be their Chief.”
As an administrative sergeant, Person was instrumental in the Xenia Police Division’s accreditation in 1993. As administrative lieutenant, oversaw the division’s re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). for which he earned the Casey Elliott Memorial “City’s Finest Award” in 1998.
“Chief Person’s contribution to our community over his distinguished career is immeasurable,” Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman said. “His institutional knowledge of Xenia and its operations along with his innovative spirit has helped to continue Xenia Police Division’s tradition of excellence. We thank Chief Person for his dedication not only to law enforcement, but to our community as a whole.”
The selection process for a new police chief is ongoing, city officials said. Person will stay on with the police department through September to serve as a mentor and help the incoming police chief transition into the role.