St. John's top cop expresses intention to resign after 20 years with VIPD


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ST. THOMAS - V.I. Police Deputy Chief Maria Colon-Jones has verbally resigned after almost 20 years with the V.I. Police Department.

Still, the department is trying to prompt Colon-Jones to stay, according to V.I. Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard Sr., who said Colon-Jones has not yet submitted a written resignation.

"We're trying to work out the differences," Querrard told the Senate Finance Committee during the department's budget hearing on Wednesday.

Querrard did not say when Colon-Jones announced she was leaving, only that she had not yet submitted a written resignation.

Colon-Jones, who studied police science at the University of the Virgin Islands and later earned a masters in criminal justice from Andrew Jackson University in Alabama, was a member of the V.I. National Guard Military Police Unit before she joined the force, according to the V.I. Police Department's website.

Colon-Jones started with the V.I. Police Department in 1996 as an officer with the patrol division and later moved on in 1997 to work in the department's Criminal Investigation Bureau, where she worked until 2000.

From 2000 to 2006, Colon-Jones worked in the Juvenile Investigation Bureau, after which she was promoted to sergeant. As the Emergency 911 Commander, Colon-Jones oversaw the day-to-day operation of the Emergency 911 system in the St. Thomas-St. John District.

Colon-Jones then worked as the command inspector and CrimeStoppers coordinator for a year before she was promoted to lieutenant from 2010 to 2012, during which time she was in charge of the department's Zone C command.

Thereafter, Colon-Jones was promoted to deputy chief of the St. Thomas-St. John district.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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