After 37-years in law enforcement in the City of Falls Church, Chief Harry Reitze is calling it quits. His last day on the job will be Nov. 11.
The announcement came late Wednesday afternoon.
Reitze joined the city’s police force in 1975 as a patrolman and became a captain in 1998, overseeing the department’s services and operations divisions. Reitze was appointed chief of the department in May of 2007.
“Chief Reitze has been a strong leader for the Police Department and the city as a whole,” City Manager Wyatt Shields said in a written statement. "He has fostered a culture in which the men and women who serve in the Department want to be the best, period. We see the results of that with what our police officers are able to accomplish everyday for the community."
Over his time with the department, Reitze received two commendations for bravery and actions above and beyond the call of duty and Policeman of the Year in 1978.
Reitze is also a board member of the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation.