Jerome ‘Jerry’ Stokes named Salisbury police chief

Jerome “Jerry” Stokes, deputy police chief in Lynchburg, Va., has been named Salisbury’s police chief effective July 18.

Capt. Brian Stallings has been interim chief since Rory Collins retired in December after five years as chief.

Over 32 years with the Lynchburg Police Department, Stokes has been a regional violent crime task force detective, street crimes suppression team leader, vice and narcotics investigations officer, K-9 enforcement team supervisor, internal affairs manager and critical incident/tactical response manager.

Stokes most recently has overseen the department’s police investigative and administrative functions and citywide emergency management operations. He is credited with improving community policing and reducing neighborhood drug and violent crime.

“I am thrilled that we are able to bring on someone of Chief Stokes’ caliber to head our police department,” Salisbury City Manager W. Lane Bailey said.

“The City of Lynchburg’s loss of Deputy Chief Stokes is definitely Salisbury’s gain,” James Camm, pastor of Living Word Ministries in Lynchburg, said in a city of Salisbury news release announcing Stokes’ appointment. “It is well known in our community that Chief Stokes has a heart to protect and serve. He has shown himself to be an exemplary public servant and will be a great asset to the City of Salisbury.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak