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Colonial Beach seeks police chief
About 12 to 14 applicants from various localities, including out of state, have expressed interest in becoming police chief in Colonial Beach.
Interim Chief of Police William Seay took over police chief duties after former Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. resigned from the position in January. The Town Council authorized Town Clerk Kathleen Flanagan to send information on the applicants to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which will then recommend its top three candidates.
The maximum salary that the council will offer is $60,000, and the council generally agreed that the chief of police should live in the town limits.
At the work session Thursday, there was also a presentation from auditor Billy Robinson of Brown Edwards & Company LLP and another from Town Manager Val Foulds on the state of the budget and the town’s finances.
While Robinson did find some weaknesses in the town’s financial statements, he said that they had improved over last year’s.
“The town did make improvements,” Robinson said. “The town is obviously frugal with their resources.”
Robinson had several recommendations for the future, including continuing to be conservative with spending, being more strict about filing reports on time and adjusting the budget to reflect town spending.
“Your comments are not falling on deaf ears,” Foulds assured Robinson.
Bridget Balch: 540/374-5417