Assistant Chief Don Hayes has been named the temporary successor to retiring Police Chief Michael Brown, the City announced after business hours Thursday night.
Hayes, a 40-year veteran of the department, will take over as Acting Chief on June 25, according to City Manager Mark Jinks.
“Chief Hayes’ 40 years of experience leading various aspects of the Alexandria Police Department and long-standing connection to the community make him the right choice for this Acting Police Chief role,” Jinks said in a statement.
Brown recently made the surprise announcement that he is retiring, and put in three weeks notice. The City will undergo a national search for his permanent replacement.
Hayes was promoted as Assistant Chief of Police for Operations in 2019. He was made sergeant in 1996, and after becoming a lieutenant in 2000 commanded the Special Operations Division, the Information Services Section and Public Services Section. He also served as assistant commander of the Patrol Operations Bureau. Hayes was promoted to Captain in 2013, and then took over the Traffic, Parking & Special Events Division and a portion of the Patrol Operations Bureau.
Hayes, who has lived in Alexandria for more than 25 years, has a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s in divinity from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowie State University.
Mayor Justin Wilson and City Councilwoman Amy Jackson congratulated Hayes on social media.
Congratulations and gratitude to Acting Chief Hayes as he leads the dedicated @AlexandriaVAPD team through this upcoming transition. https://t.co/FtthifZXbF
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) June 10, 2021
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- 18 month old – Kindergarten classes
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- Weekly Field Trips (ages 3+)
- Financial Aid available
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Our hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Monarch Montessori School is open year round, with intermittent breaks.
Children engage in self-directed, self-initiated activities under the guidance of a trained Montessori teacher. Classroom sizes range from 8-12 students. Our robust curriculum includes botany, sensorial activities, the social graces, culture, math, science, practical life, geography, music appreciation and language arts.
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