Chief on leave with injury

Norman Shiflett

FRONT ROYAL – Police Chief Norman Shiflett has spent the last two months home on medical leave trying to overcome complications from a broken ankle he suffered almost a year ago.

Shiflett said he was continuing to work part-time at home.

“I check in with the department each and every day,” Shiflett said, adding, “I’m letting the broken ankle heal right now.”

Deputy Chief Bruce Hite has been overseeing the department’s 38 officers and 12 civilian employees while Shiflett is out of the office.

Shiflett, 57, broke the ankle in a household accident in September and had returned to work until the complications set in two months ago.

He has a doctor’s appointment soon where he hopes to learn how well the ankle is healing.

“We’ll see what my doctors say,” Shiflett said. “Hopefully, I can get back to work as soon as possible.”

Shiflett replaced Richard H. Furr after his retirement as Front Royal police chief in August 2012.

Before his hiring as police chief, Shiflett had worked 28 years at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the last four as chief deputy.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com