Deputy Chief Anthony F. Zucaro, Jr.

Zucaro.jpgChief Anthony (Tony) F. Zucaro was appointed as interim Chief of Police by Acting City Manager Tom Leahy on May 1, 2020. He began his career with the Virginia Beach Police Department in May 1979. Chief Zucaro is a native of the Long Island, New York area and is married with two adult children and three grandchildren.

Chief Zucaro has served in a variety of assignments during his tenure, including: Precinct Uniform Patrol, the Detective Bureau and Special Operations. While assigned as an investigator, he managed a variety of cases to include numerous high-profile violent crime investigations and a long-term store front undercover sting operation. While serving as supervisor, he has developed several programs, training videos and has been responsible for a multitude of department initiatives. In recognition of these efforts, Chief Zucaro has received over 150 Letters of Commendation or Appreciation. In addition, Chief Zucaro has been awarded the Department’s Public Service Award for his distinguished service and a Medal of Merit for his leadership in establishing the organization's professional development program.  In 1998, he was awarded the Top Cop Award as Police Officer of the Year.

Chief Zucaro holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from St. John's University and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University. He is also a graduate of the Administrative Officer's Management Program at North Carolina State University, the West Point Leadership Course - Charter Session, Professional Executive Leadership School at University of Richmond, Senior Management Institute for Police, to name a few. 

Chief. Zucaro remains active in the community by volunteering in an assortment of functions.
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