Virginia Port Authority Names New Police Chief

Jan. 19--Andrew H. Engemann Jr., a former state police lieutenant, has been named police chief at the Virginia Port Authority, replacing retiring Don Boyd.

Engemann spent six years with the Norfolk police and 25 with the State Police. In his last position at the State Police, he was responsible for nine regional offices and a staff of more than 250. He began working at the Port Authority in February 2005.

The Port Authority has 76 sworn officers who monitor Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal and Newport News Marine Terminal. The Port Authority's police force has taken on added responsibilities as port security was beefed up after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"He's a leader who understands the importance of securing the commonwealth's seaport, said Port Authority security director Ed Merkle.

Boyd is retiring Jan. 24 after 14 years with the Port Authority police force.

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