RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority named Richmond Police Department Captain Paul Kiniry as its acting police chief.
The housing authority made the official announcement Thursday afternoon. Kiniry replaces Hal Hazelton who was fired last month.
Kiniry will serve as acting chief, as sources say he expected to last for three to six months to basically organize the department and possibly hire more officers. The department is authorized to have 11 officers, but has less than that right now.
Capt. Kiniry is expected to return to the Richmond Police Department once his interim position at RRHA is over, according to sources.
"We are pleased that Captain Kiniry has accepted this new assignment," said RRHA Chief Executive Officer Adrienne Goolsby. "We also appreciate the willingness of Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic to ask one of his senior officers to assist us."
Former-chief Hazelton's termination letter did not provide any indication why he was fired from his job leading a department that protects some of the poorest and most dangerous communities in Richmond. Hazelton is now taking legal action against RRHA.
Hazelton was placed on administrative leave in September following complaints and allegations involving fraud, wrongful termination, discrimination and lack of proper background checks for employees.