Brian Norwood’s time as police chief in Richmond, Virgina wasn’t exactly a bonanza. He was run out of town, according to news accounts, after reports surfaced about the manipulation of singer Chris Brown’s community service hours after he pleaded guilty to assaulting the songstress Rihanna. Norwood served as Bridgeport police chief prior to Joe Gaudett. Norwood has been in search of another job. OIB has received phone calls from community applicants inquiring about Norwood’s days as Bridgeport chief. CBS report follows:
The Virginia police chief whose department signed off on singer Chris Brown’s disputed community service hours has resigned.
Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood stepped down Tuesday and will be replaced by former Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic.
According to a statement by Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, Norwood’s departure was reached by “mutual agreement.”
Norwood’s department had been in the news recently when oversight of Brown’s community service hours was called into question by a Los Angeles County District Attorney last week. In August 2009, Brown was sentenced to 180 days of community labor after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. A judge ruled that he could perform his sentence in Virginia, where Brown reportedly has a home.
On Feb. 5, D.A. Jackie Lacey filed a motion asking a Los Angeles judge to find Brown in violation of his probation agreement because of what she called “no credible, competent or verifiable evidence that Defendant Brown performed his community labor as represented to the Court.”