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Elkins police chief resigns

Galloway

ELKINS — The Elkins chief of police has submitted his resignation after two years of service to the city.

Glenn Galloway’s resignation was announced by the city on Wednesday, after being accepted on Tuesday. His resignation is effective July 6.

Galloway is moving on to another position, but is as yet unable to provide any details about his next employment.

“It’s something I couldn’t pass up. It’s still a law enforcement position,” Galloway told The Inter-Mountain Wednesday afternoon.

The departing chief said he feels a good deal has been accomplished during his tenure with the Elkins Police Department.

“We’ve got a good department here,” he said. “You can look at the Randolph County grand jury list of indictments that came out this week and see that we’ve been working hard. I think the department will continue to run smoothly.”

Among the department’s accomplishments during the last two years, Galloway pointed to the tactical response unit, which he has called “our version of a SWAT team.”

Galloway and the department garnered much of the equipment for the unit from military surplus, including a van, rifles, taser guns, nightvision goggles, communication equipment and ammunition.

In the city’s press release, Galloway is quoted as saying, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in this position with the Elkins Police Department, and would like to thank everyone that works for the City of Elkins for your help and consideration, during my time here. Elkins will always hold a special place in my heart.”

During his time as chief, the department “grew in numbers, training and community outreach,” the release states.

Galloway served with the West Virginia State Police for 25 years before retiring in 2015, serving in Marlinton, Romney, Gauley Bridge, Williamson and Lewisburg.

He became chief of the EPD in July 2017.

City Clerk Jessica Sutton told The Inter-Mountain Wednesday there is “no definitive protocol” for hiring a new police chief. However, she noted the chief is an appointed position and Galloway’s replacement will have to be approved by city council.

She said during the city’s last search for a police chief, in which Galloway was chosen, council passed a resolution to appoint a committee for the search.

Applications for the position were sought, and after being collected were reviewed by the

committee.

The committee then interviewed applicants and made a recommendation to the full city council, which then voted on that recommendation.

Sutton said the search for a new chief will “likely take two to three months. It needs to be a long enough period to attract a good number of applicants.”

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