Scott Named Arlington Police Chief

M. Douglas Scott has been named chief of the Arlington County Police Department. Scott, a former chief of the Fairfax County and Fairfax City departments, was selected after a national search and is expected to assume the post April 21.

"Chief Scott's many years of experience with neighboring jurisdictions, both as an officer and a chief, help make him the ideal candidate for the job," County Manager Ron Carlee said. "In addition, his commitment to community policing -- the guiding philosophy of the Arlington County Police Department -- will enable him to continue the high level of law enforcement services that the residents, businesses and visitors of Arlington have long enjoyed."

Scott began his law enforcement career as a cadet with the Fairfax County Police Department in 1975 and, 20 years later, was appointed chief there. In 1998, he was named chief in Fairfax City and in 2000, he assumed his current duties at the Interior Department.

As assistant inspector general for program integrity, Scott heads a unit responsible for investigating allegations of serious misconduct by senior-level department officials.

"I am pleased to be joining a highly professional, innovative and motivated department," Scott said. "I look forward to continuing Arlington's long tradition of high-quality police service, especially its commitment to integrity and community involvement."

During Scott's time in Fairfax County, he was a field training officer, an instructor at the Regional Police Academy, commander of the 911 communications center, director of the law enforcement academy, commander of the Mount Vernon district and of the Patrol Bureau.

Scott holds an associate degree in police science from Northern Virginia Community College and a bachelor's in applied behavioral science from National-Louis University and has completed coursework for a master's in public administration from George Mason University. He also graduated from the FBI's National Academy and National Executive Institute. In 1991, he was awarded a meritorious service award by Fairfax County.

Scott, who will become Arlington's sixth police chief since the department was created in 1940, replaces Edward Flynn, who left in January to become secretary for public safety in Massachusetts. Deputy Chief Steve Holl has been acting chief since then.

Tickets Available for Imagine Gala

For the first time in the eight-year history of Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry's signature event, Imagine, tickets for the Torpedo Factory Art Center part of the evening will be available to people not participating in pre-event dinner parties. A limited number are available at $25 each.

Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and entitle bearers to attend the festivities from 8 to 11:30 p.m. April 26 at the Torpedo Factory. This portion of the gala includes dancing, desserts, beverages and live and silent auctions.

NOVAM, founded in 1987, works to prevent spread of HIV through targeted education. NOVAM also offers direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS, including transportation services, children's services, programs and emergency financial assistance. Since 1996, Imagine has raised more than $500,000 to assist people with AIDS in Northern Virginia.

For tickets or additional information, call Kristy Snowden at 703-746-0440, Ext.13, or e-mail