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CB Town Council expected to announce a new police chief

After two rounds of advertising and several meetings to discuss applicants for the position of Chief of Police for the Colonial Beach Police Department (CBPD), the town council is expected to introduce a new police chief at the March 13 Colonial Beach Town Council meeting.

Although no one is talking openly to the press about the council’s choice for a new police chief, social media leaks are pointing to one person- Elizabeth “Libby” Legg, former Police Chief at Ferrum College in Franklin County, VA.

In a phone interview with Town Manager Val Foulds on Monday, March 10, Foulds confirmed that the council is working with someone they want to bring onboard.

The candidate is expected to attend the council meeting on Thursday, where the council is expected to make an announcement.

Foulds said Interim CBPD Chief of Police William Seay is on the job and hard at work on the accreditation process. Reviewers for the accreditation were scheduled and started the accreditation review process at CBPD last Monday.

Rumors abound say that the new chief of police will be a woman. “A first for Colonial Beach,” as one anonymous social media blogger put it. Another goes so far as to name her as Elizabeth Libby Legg.

The Journal asked Mayor Ham in a phone interview on Tuesday morning if Legg was their choice for chief of police. Ham stated he had no comment, but he did confirm that a decision had been made and the council was planning to introduce the new police chief at the Thursday meeting.

However, WDBJ7.com posted at 6:52 p.m. on March 10, that Ferrum College Police Chief since September of 2009, Elizabeth “Libby” Legg, announced her resignation to students and staff by email last week. WDBJ7.com also reported that Legg “listed no reason for her departure, but the college says it wishes her well.”

When asked about the process, Ham said the first advertisement for chief of police for the town netted some 30 applicants, including current Interim Police Chief William Seay, named such in Jan. of 2013, when CBPD Chief Kenneth Blevins, Sr. resigned. Blevins’ resignation came in a handwritten one-line sentence after a closed meeting with council members in January. Former Chief Blevins left the meeting room without speaking to anyone that day.

Ham said that the Virginia Municipal League helped the council narrow the search to six or eight applicants. Ham did confirm that the council placed a second advertisement but pulled it after three days. When asked why he said the first list of eight was narrowed by the council to two applicants, but neither applicant was in a position to take the job, Ham said that recent events allowed one applicant the opportunity to take the position, but would not comment any further on the circumstances.


 —Linda Farneth

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