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Finalists chosen for Front Royal police chief

By Joe Beck -jbeck@nvdaily.com

The choices for a new police chief in Front Royal have been narrowed to five finalists, town manager Steve Burke said Thursday.

Burke said he was about to send the list to retiring Police Chief Richard Furr for his review. If Furr agrees with the choices, all five will be interviewed by Burke and Julie Bush, the town's director of human resources. The final two candidates will be introduced to Mayor Timothy Darr and a yet to be determined town council member. After Darr and the council member weigh in, Burke and Bush will choose the new chief.

Burke described the original pool of 30 applicants from around the nation as "very strong." Some were from as far away as Arizona, New York, Texas, Florida, Connecticut and New York, Burke said.

"We had a couple of women apply," Burke said, adding he could not remember whether there were any women among the final five. He said the applications contained no information on race, and therefore he couldn't comment on whether any minorities applied for the job.

"The pool of applicants came from sergeants to police chiefs and sheriffs with up to 20 or 30 years experience and a significant record of other qualifications," Burke said.

Burke said the job drew applicants from the town police force, but he declined to identify them or say how many.

Furr, 55, is scheduled to retire Aug. 28 after 30 years on the force and three years as chief. Burke said he expects the new chief will be announced in August.

Furr joined the force as a patrol officer in 1982 and worked his way up through the ranks before being chosen interim chief and then permanent chief in 2009.

He has said he would prefer to see someone from within the department chosen as his successor.


Well, former police chief, why are you even interested in the selection process here in Front Royal? Did you apply and were rejected? Are you the same former police chief from Madison? Why promote your book here?

Why should the retiring chief have a say in the process? He is leaving so he should not have a say in it unless there was an internal applicant who made it to the final list and wants to put his support of him to the town manager and council. Sounds like the good ole boys are taking care of one another again. I think they should select a chief from some where else that will not fall into the same type of "in-house" favoritism. Someone who will not have an agenda and just wants to be a Chief. I heard that the agency recently lost another officer because of what is going on there. I have lost count on how many have left but something must be going on. Just my opinion!

As a business man and owner all of my life, I find it hard to believe that yet another officer has left the department. I continue to read about officers leaving because of the money but it appears that there is something else. It is now time for the council members to decide if they want to travel the same road or make a turn. It would appear that they need to make a turn, put in place the MPO (whatever that is) and start providing these guys what they need because when you need them (and I have) you will appreciate them when they arrive. I wish the officers luck and I would hope as “Just my opinion” stated, this is not another good ole’ boy story. And why does the Chief have a say, it appears that whatever he is doing is not working, thus someone from the inside would just be the same-old-thing………..good luck.

Can anyone name a local official who wants to adequately fund the fight against crime? Plenty of lip service, but no one is willing to do what is required. The result: mediocrity.

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