HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- After four years on the job, Henrico Police Chief Hum Cardounel Jr. announced Monday he planned to retire on September 1.
Chief Cardounel has been with Henrico Police for 32 years.
“I started this career as a 21-year-old college graduate with little thought as to what the future held for me,” Cardounel said in an email to the department. “I thought I would do this for just a few years, but it wasn’t long after that I realized this was my ‘home’. It felt right, Henrico was the right place for me. Nearly 32 years later Henrico is still my home and still the right place for me.”
Cardounel is taking advantage of a Henrico's COVID-19 cost-cutting program, which offers added benefits to county employees who choose early retirement.
“Hum has left an irreplaceable mark on Henrico and its Police Division, having served in nearly every facet of the agency’s work throughout his long, distinguished career,”
County Manager John Vithoulkas said in a statement. “Hum also has demonstrated what it means to serve with heart, and Henrico is stronger, safer and eternally grateful that he selected our community as his home.”
A Henrico County spokesperson said the county would conduct a nationwide search and hoped to name a new chief by September 1.