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Top candidate for police chief won’t be taking job

The search for a new police chief continues for Town of Halifax officials as the leading candidate for the post will not be taking the job.

Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy, citing the matter as a personnel issue, did not provide any details Sunday, other than to say that the town will not be executing an agreement with the leading candidate for the position.

According to the agenda for Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, council members will go behind closed doors to discuss the matter.

Espy said Sunday he expects town council to discuss how the town will proceed going forward following the closed session, including the possibility of engaging the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police in the selection process.

After a closed-door session of the town council’s finance committee on Friday, Aug. 3, Espy said an offer had been made to one of the candidates for the police chief post, and the town was waiting to find out whether or not the applicant would accept the position.

Attending that meeting were Finance Committee Chairman Holt Evans, Tom Brown, Bill Confroy and Mayor Dick Moore.

 In July, council members authorized Espy to proceed with making a “conditional offer” to the police chief candidate who had the highest evaluation results.

 Espy declined Aug. 3 to reveal the identity of the person to which the town was offering the police chief post, saying an announcement was expected to be made at the Tuesday town council meeting.

Some 15 applications were received for the job, and seven interviews were conducted, the town manager said.

The position has been vacant 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.