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Culpeper town police promote Chris Settle to captain
Culpeper town police announce promotions

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At the ceremony are (from left) Capt. Chris Settle, Lt. Andrew Terrill, Sgt. Ashley Banks, Master Police Officer Richard Brooking and Chief of Police Chris Jenkins.
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Date published: 2/6/2011

BY DONNIE JOHNSTON

Chris Settle, a 13-year veteran with the Culpeper town police, has been promoted to captain.

Settle, 36, will replace Chris Jenkins, who was named police chief last year.

A Culpeper native, Settle graduated from Culpeper High and Radford University.

He is an active member of the Culpeper United Methodist Church and is a leader in the Culpeper (youth) Football Association, where he served as president.

At ceremonies Friday, Andrew Terrill was also promoted to lieutenant and Ashley Banks to sergeant.

Mayor Chip Coleman also presented first-time master police officer badges to Richard Brooking and Jeff Dodson (who could not attend).

Andy Berry, Craig Frazier and Holly Hill were re-appointed as master police officers for another year.

The 37-year-old Terrill is an Orange County native who was a military policeman in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He joined the town police in 1998 and was a town employee of the month in 2008.

Terrill is a general instructor as well as an advanced firearms instructor. He is also a certified gang specialist and active member in the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and Virginia Gang Investigator's Association.

Banks, a Culpeper native and a graduate of Old Dominion University, has been with the department since 2005.

He has been a member of the Emergency Response Team since 2006 and is a general instructor.

Banks has also volunteered as a soccer coach at Rappahannock County High School and St. Luke's Lutheran School.

Brooking, 48, has been in law enforcement since 1986, serving two stints with the town police and three years with the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office.

Donnie Johnston:
Email: djohnston@freelancestar.com