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Offer made to next potential chief of police

Halifax soon may have a new police chief if the top applicant accepts a “conditional offer” from town council.

Council members on Friday authorized Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy to proceed with making a “conditional offer” to the police chief candidate who had the highest evaluation results, Espy said following the 10:30 closed door meeting of the town’s personnel committee.

Attending the executive session meeting Friday morning in the town hall conference room with Espy were Mayor Dick Moore, Personnel Committee Chairman Holt Evans and Councilmen Tom Brown and Bill Confroy. 

The committee came out of closed session at 11:07 a.m. and made a motion to authorize Espy to pursue the highest-rated candidate for the post.

Espy declined to reveal the identity of the person to which the town is offering the police chief post.

A total of 15 applications was received for the job, and seven interviews were conducted, the town manager said.

The position has been vacant this year since former Police Chief David Martin resigned last December to accept a position with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

David D. Irby continues to act as interim police chief until the position is filled.