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Culpeper council fires town manager

BY DONNIE JOHNSTON

The Culpeper Town Council fired Town Manager Kim Alexander on Tuesday night.

The vote, at a special council meeting, was 5–2. Councilmen Ben Phillips, Frank Reaves, Jim Risner, Bobby Ryan and Billy Yowell voted for Alexander’s termination while Vice Mayor Mike Olinger and Dave Lochridge voted against.

Mayor Chip Coleman was out having surgery while Dan Boring is away on a cruise.

Alexander’s downfall began Sept. 13 when she placed town police Capt. Chris Settle on paid administrative leave and began her own internal investigation of allegations against him.

Subsequent investigations by the Virginia State Police and a private investigator hired by the Town Council—which cost a reported $70,000—found only three minor infractions against Settle, according to a published report.

The confidential results of that investigation were then leaked to the Culpeper Star–Exponent, which prompted Tuesday night’s special meeting.

According to a source close to the situation, Alexander, who was appointed town manager in August 2011, was given the option to resign, but would not.

Alexander had survived a vote to terminate her Jan. 3. That vote was 5–4.

Chris Hively, who was named assistant town manager earlier this month, will take over the town manager’s job.

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

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