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Town of Halifax police chief announcement coming

The public may soon learn who will be the next police chief in the Town of Halifax.

Halifax Town Council anticipates making an announcement concerning the new chief at its Tuesday, Aug. 14, meeting, according to Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy.

Following a closed-door session of the town council’s finance committee Friday morning, Espy said an offer has been made, and the town is waiting to find out whether or not the applicant will accept the position.

In addition to personnel, real estate matters also were discussed during the closed-door session Friday morning.

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

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

Espy declined to reveal the identity of the person to which the town is offering the police chief post saying an announcement is expected to be made Aug. 14.

Some 15 applications were 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.

When finance committee members came from behind closed doors, they authorized the town manager to negotiate a purchase offer on a portion of the Halifax Farmers Market property for an unidentified 8,000 square foot retail operation.

Espy said he is unable to disclose any further information at this time as negotiations with the prospect are under way.

Also at the end of Friday’s executive session, finance committee members agreed to consolidate the August work session with the town council meeting which will be held Aug. 14.

The work session will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a public hearing has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Prior to the 6:30 p.m. meeting, the Banister River Garden Club plans to hold a dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the town hall honoring Betty Bane. 

At that time, the club will present a park bench to the Town of Halifax in recognition of Bane’s tireless efforts on the club’s behalf. 

During her lifetime the Banister River Garden Club was one of her many activities, and she worked tirelessly on its behalf.