Kilmarnock council appoints Cliff Dawson chief of police

Mayor Mae Umphlett (left) pins the badge on new Kilmarnock Chief of Police Cliff Dawson.

by Megan Schiffres

KILMARNOCK—Cliff Dawson was unanimously (6-0) appointed Kilmarnock Chief of Police by the town council on November 27.

Council members Alice Cooper, Michael Sutherland, Curtis Smith, Rebecca Nunn, Emerson Gravatt, and Les Spivey voted in favor of Dawson’s appointment.

Dawson is a graduate of the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. He joined the Kilmarnock Police Department (KPD) in 2006 before transferring to the White Stone Police Department in 2008. In White Stone Dawson worked as an officer until he was appointed chief in 2012.

He will continue to serve as chief in White Stone in addition to…