West Jefferson police chief retires

Christopher Floyd has retired as chief of the West Jefferson Police Department.

(Posted Dec. 19, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The village of West Jefferson is in the process of finding a new police chief.
Chief Christopher Floyd retired on Dec. 14. He joined the department in July 2019. He has held a number of positions over his 42-year career in law enforcement.

Floyd spent the majority of his career working for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, starting in the jail in 1982, then working patrol on the county’s west side, after which he spent 14 years in the detective bureau, retiring as a homicide and domestic violence detective at the end of 2012.

Before becoming chief of the West Jefferson Police Department, Floyd served as director of operations for the Franklin County Coroner’s Office, followed by a stint as dog warden with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

“Working with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, I very much liked the people in Madison County and took the opportunity as the (West Jefferson) police chief as an additional way to serve the people. West Jefferson and Madison County have some great people,” he said.

During his time as chief, Floyd navigated some significant challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, a quadruple homicide in the village, and major growth in the village.

One of the highlights of his time with West Jefferson, he said, was the people.

“I had the opportunity to work with some great officers, residents, the mayor, and council,” he said.

As for why he decided to retire, Floyd said, “It’s just time to spend time with the family and my new grandson.”

Mayor Ray Martin praised Floyd for his service to the community, saying “I feel he’s done a good job for the village.”

Martin added that since taking office as mayor in 2016, he has had a goal of seeing the police department not only protect the community but also serve it.

“I want them to stop and talk to citizens. I want them out there among the people,” he said. “Every police chief we’ve had, including Chief Floyd, has helped move us in that direction.”

Martin named Lt. Brandon Smith as interim chief upon Floyd’s retirement. The village posted the job opening for police chief both internally and externally. The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 22.

A three-person committee is conducting interviews with candidates: Martin; Samantha Cahill, chair of village council’s police committee; and a representative from human resources.

“My goal is to find someone by the end of the year,” Martin said about the timeline for hiring a new chief.

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