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UPDATE: Sheriff withdraws police coverage plan for Glade Spring

Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman says discussions to provide police protection in the town of Glade Spring are now off the table. (K. Roberts, WCYB)

Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman has withdrawn a proposal to provide the town of Glade Spring with law enforcement protection after Town Council members agreed to table the issue.

A letter obtained by News 5 from Newman to Glade Spring Mayor Tony Rector says the council and Rector have a lot more work and research to do after comments from council members and residents during a debate on the issue at a public meeting Thursday night.

Town leaders including Chief of Police Ricky Stumbo had previous discussions with Newman about assisting with patrols in the town and dissolving the police department. Council member Dirk Moore told News 5 earlier this week that contraction of the police department, which consists of two officers including the chief, was being considered because salary constraints resulted in high turnover.

"It was never our intention, when we proceeded with this request, to spark major public concern, debate, or in some instances outrage as we were lead to believe that this was something the council members were aware of and to some extent in favor of," Newman wrote.

The sheriff also said that his department will continue to assist the town in emergency situations.


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