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Salisbury taps Virginia Deputy Chief Jerome Stokes as its next police chief

Salisbury, N.C. (Tuesday, June 7, 2016) – The City of Salisbury has named Lynchburg (Virginia) Police Department Deputy Chief Jerome “Jerry” Stokes as its next police chief.

Stokes has an extensive background in law enforcement dating back to 1984 when he joined the Lynchburg Police Department as a police recruit. Over his 32- year career in Lynchburg, he has held varied positions within the department such as 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. Currently, Chief Stokes is responsible for the department’s police investigative and administrative functions, citywide emergency management operations and directly oversees 50 sworn officers, and 12 civilian staff.

“I am thrilled that we are able to bring on someone of Chief Stokes’ caliber to head our police department,” said City Manager W. Lane Bailey. “Chief Stokes has a strong background in developing key strategies for combating crime and solid experience in community policing– two key attributes that the city needs and I desired in a new chief. I am more than confident that Chief Stokes will lead this police force in the right direction, making our community a safer place to live and work.”

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to lend my law enforcement expertise to the City of Salisbury as its next police chief,” said Chief Stokes. “While I recognize the challenges that may appear before us, I am fully committed to being a member of the Salisbury community. I am confident in the leadership Captain Stallings has provided to the department during the interim period. I look forward to working with all residents to build sound relationships with our officers and, in turn, combat crime. I am excited about what this new opportunity will bring and look forward to meeting and working with all the officers and staff of the Salisbury Police Department. I’m ready to join the team and get started.”

“The City of Lynchburg’s loss of Deputy Chief Stokes is definitely Salisbury’s gain,” said Pastor James Camm, of Living Word Ministries in Lynchburg, Va. “It is well know 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.”

Listed as Chief Stokes’ previous achievements include successfully reorganizing the patrol division to enhance beat officer concept and improve community-policing efforts; implementing a program of street-level crime suppression to reduce neighborhood drug and violent crime; and creating a differential call response policy to enhance patrol officer response times to emergency or other call types to effectively manage patrol officer time.

Stokes has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and a graduate certificate in local government management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

Stokes is expected to begin his tenure with the City of Salisbury on Monday, July 18. 



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On September 11, 2020 the City was notified of a second allocation of CDBG-CV funds in the amount of $200,221. To deploy these funds, Council will have to adopt an amendment to the FY20-21 Annual Action Plan to describe, broadly speaking, how the funds will be utilized. City Council held a public hearing on December 1 and opened a public comment period that ended on December 25, 2020. A draft was presented at the January 5, 2021 City Council meeting, and a public comment period closed on January 12, 2021.

A new draft for the use of the CDBG funds is now available for public review, the file is available below.

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Current COVID-19 Restrictions

Executive Order 185:

  • Lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order established under Executive Order 181
  • Still requires face coverings in all public indoor settings
  • Allows many businesses to operate at 50% capacity
  • Extends onsite service of alcohol until 11 p.m.
  • Lifts the 100-person cap on some businesses that were operating at 30% capacity
  • Allows some indoor businesses – including bars and taverns, indoor amusement parks, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas – to open at 30% capacity (with a cap of 250 people)
  • Allows larger indoor arenas with a capacity of more than 5,000 people to open at 15% capacity with no cap (as long as additional safety protocols in place)
  • Increases the indoor mass gathering limit to 25 people (the outdoor mass gathering limit remains at 50 people)

Each of these routes arrives and departs from the central Transfer Site on Depot St. Any bus you board can take you to the Transfer Site. Any member of the public may ride on the bus. The buses do not operate on holidays.

Please note that the last time listed for a stop indicates the last bus will be traveling to that location and no further transfers are available.

Travel Mask Mandate

The Transit Security Administration issued a security directive effective on February 1, 2021 requiring the wearing of masks by travelers to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Conveyance operators must also require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel.

This Order must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances) and operators of transportation hubs ( e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) or any other area that provides transportation in the United States.

People must wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances. People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States. A copy of the Transportation Security Administration’s security directive can be found at

If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash

Covid-19: What are the 3 w's for COVID-19? 1 Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth. 2 Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact. 3 Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

Stay safe. When outside, stay at least 6 ft. apart.

Covid-19: social distancing in public parks and trails

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