Page 25 - Salem Magazine Spring 2015
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  Police Make New Chief Appointments
Just like the two men who preceded him in the job, Salem’s new Police Chief made his way to the top of the city’s law enforcement ladder by gaining valuable experience at every stop along the way.
City Manager Kevin Boggess appointed Tim Guthrie Chief of Police for Salem in December. He replaced Jeff Dudley, who retired as Salem’s Chief on December 1.
“I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to have been given this opportunity to serve as your Chief of Police,” says Guthrie. “I have had the opportunity to serve under many great leaders and I am ever so thankful for the investment they made in me.”
Guthrie has been with the department since 1981 and learned many valuable lessons while working under former Chiefs Jimmy Bryant and Dudley. During his 33 years with the Salem Police Department he has served as a Patrol and Traffic Officer, Narcotics and General Investigations Detective, Detective and Services Division Sergeant, Services Division Lieutenant, a Captain and Major.
”I would be remiss if I did not mention the employees of the department who are without a doubt the best group of men and women a community could ask for,” he says. “Their dedication to serve is paramount and I look forward to being part of their continued growth.”
Boggess and Guthrie appointed Sgt. Mike Crawley new Deputy Chief.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve alongside the men and women of the Salem Police Department,” says Crawley. “As we move forward it will be imperative that we build on our excellent staff relations, our work within our communities and development of policing strategies to ensure that we continue to have a progressive service.”
He began his career with the Salem Police Department in 1999 as an Officer assigned to the Patrol Division. After completing field service as a Patrol Officer, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Police Officer and transferred to the Detective Division in 2004 where he was assigned to the Special Investigation Unit. In 2006, Crawley was transferred to the General Investigative Unit where he rose to Sergeant. | SPRING 2015
“We’re very fortunate that we rarely have dogs attack us Dillman (second from right) and those instances are much served on the police color less than people think,” he guard for over 20 years. says. “Animal Control and police work often are about educating people and many times they don’t understand that the
care and shelter they are providing for their pets isn’t adequate.” While the dog bites have been few and far between, the deer sightings throughout the city are basically an everyday occurrence for Dillman and the other members of Salem’s Animal Control
Unit.“We have had deer from one end of Main Street to the other, we’ve had them wandering around the Farmers Market and really there isn’t a single place in Salem we haven’t seen deer,” he says. “Mainly we just hope they don’t run into houses or through windows.”
Dillman is an avid outdoorsman who owns the hunting accessory company, Backwoods Drag. He and his wife of 27 years, Tonia, have three children and reside in the Glenvar area of Roanoke County.
“I was very humbled to simply be nominated, but to actually be selected by my peers is a big honor and something that is very special to me,” he says.
“What makes this job exciting is that I get to do the animal control side and the other police work that involves protecting and serving the public in all areas,” he says. “That’s why we take the oath we do, and respond to all of the calls in the city.”
 In his nearly three decades with the Animal Control Unit, Dillman has only been bitten twice – once by a beagle and the other time by a cocker spaniel.
     Dillman was a member of the Emergency Response Team in the Salem Police Department for 15 years.

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