City will not appoint interim police chief

ELKINS — Elkins officials have decided against appointing an interim chief of police.

Earlier this week, both the city’s public safety committee and the personnel committee met separately and, after discussing the situation in two separate executive sessions, decided not to appoint an interim police chief to run the department during the search for a new chief.

Glenn Galloway resigned as police chief last month to take another job. His last day was July 6.

City Clerk Jessica Sutton called the committees’ decisions a “nonaction.”

“Each committee made a decision to not appoint an interim chief,” Sutton said Wednesday afternoon. With no interim chief appointed, “authority falls to the mayor, who is off on medical leave.”

With Mayor Van Broughton off on medical leave since May 31, the authority over the department falls to Sutton, until Broughton returns to work.

Sutton said an advertisement seeking applicants for the police chief position was posted on the city’s website on Tuesday evening, and will appear in The Inter-Mountain soon. Applications will be accepted until July 31.

She added the personnel committee recommended that it be assigned as a special committee to find the police chief, by reviewing the applications and conducting the interviews.

Sutton previously told The Inter-Mountain the search for the new police chief would probably take two to three months.

In other city government news, Elkins City Council will meet in special call session at 11 a.m. Friday to discuss the vacant Fourth Ward Council seat.

Sutton said five Fourth Ward residents have submitted applications to fill the vacancy, adding that all five have met the qualifications to be considered.

Marly Hazen announced her resignation as a Fourth Ward council representative effective June 30. She was elected to the seat in 2017.

Broughton praised Hazen in a recent press release, saying, “During these past two years she brought forth many new and exciting ideas. A few of the most successful resulted in a major investment by Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated Co. to restore a mural that was nearly as old as the City and to install the newly adopted ‘Unexpectedly Cool’ branding; and the development and eventual adoption of an Emergency Communications plan

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