Still No Police Chief — Maybe Monday?

Sgt. Jim Pruitt

Sgt. Jim Pruitt

UPDATE: Just before noon today (Friday), the Wave was notified by Town Hall that Sgt. Pruitt informed Town Manager Heather Arcos late yesterday afternoon that he would accept the position of police chief. The effective date is Tuesday, January 7.


January 3, 2014

Cape Charles Chief of Police Charles “Sambo” Brown retired December 31. Two weeks earlier, on December 16, Cape Charles Town Council appointed Sgt. Jim Pruitt to replace him — “with caveats.”

The appointment was made in open session, as required by state law, but the “caveats” were not disclosed. Nor, apparently, had they been discussed with Pruitt, who almost two weeks later has still not accepted the appointment.

When asked yesterday if the Town had appointed a police chief, Town Clerk Libby Hume said “not yet — he [Pruitt] needs to sign the papers but he’s on vacation.” She said she expects that Pruitt will come in on Monday to sign the papers.

Asked if anyone was serving as interim chief in the meantime, Hume said, “not so far as I know.” [Read more…]