MOUNT JACKSON — Police Chief Jeff Sterner is retiring on Nov. 30.

Mount Jackson Town Council member Roger Rudy, chair of the personnel committee, made the announcement at Tuesday night's meeting and said the search for a new police chief will begin soon.

"We will be coming to chief Sterner for guidance on how best to put together documents to find a good candidate to follow in his big footsteps," Rudy said.

Also at the meeting: John Boor, chair of the Mount Jackson Hometown Partnership, spoke to the Town Council about the upcoming Apple Harvest Festival. He said it will be held on Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and this year's festival has a history theme.

He said there will be a parade at 11 a.m. and ghost tours will begin at 9 p.m. Boor said they have numerous vendors already lined up and three bands to perform.

Boor said they will be following all of the Centers for Disease Control guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"We're looking forward to this, and we're excited about it," Boor said.

Mount Jackson Town Manager Neil Showalter said that he has talked with Sterner and they have decided that Halloween for Mount Jackson will be on Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. for active trick or treating.

The Town Council also held a closed session meeting after Tuesday's regular meeting. Showalter wrote in an email to The Northern Virginia Daily on Tuesday night after the closed session that there was no further action taken in open session.

All of the Town Council members, Dennis Andrick, Judy Fultz, Bonnie Good, Whitney Miller, Rudy, Rod Shepherd and Mount Jackson Mayor Donnie Pifer attended Tuesday's meeting in person.

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