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Chase City plots search for new manager / June 12, 2019
Chase City Mayor Eddie Bratton opened Monday night’s meeting of Town Council by telling those in attendance that Council members would soon move forward with finding a replacement for Town Manager Angela Lawrence, who resigned last month.

Personnel discussions will take place in closed session, said Bratton, as he publicly commended Lawrence for the exceptional “quantity and quality” of her service to the town, adding that “she is going to be missed greatly.”

Bratton highlighted a few of Lawrence’s accomplishments, including “efforts to secure funds via grants to assist with the equipment requirements of [the] Police Department as well as continuing efforts to finance much needed repairs to significant town buildings.” He praised her for fostering a “a new program to help business people and interested citizens of Chase City to plan a course for [the town’s] future. I think what she has initiated will have lasting impact on our town.”

Bratton noted that Lawrence has accepted a managerial position with another Virginia locality in the wake of her departure from Chase City.

In other business, Council approved a resolution conforming the Chase City town code to laws recently enacted or updated by the Virginia General Assembly.

Council agreed to hold a joint public hearing with the town’s Planning Commission on June 27 at 5:15 p.m. to receive public comment on a request by Larry West for a conditional use permit to operate an auto body shop at 504 North Main Street, in the building that previously housed Muddy’s Wing House restaurant.

Council members also approved the town’s $4.7 million budget which goes into effect July 1, 2019, and appropriated funding for the new budget.

Two changes to the staff handbook as it pertains to employment of relatives and drug and alcohol testing of employees were also approved. According to the recommendation of former Town Manager Lawrence, the small size of Chase City often makes it challenging to recruit employees who are unrelated to current employees. Therefore, she suggested, and Council agreed, that cousins, aunts and uncles of current employees would be eliminated from the definition of “relative” in the handbook for purposes of hiring.”

The expanded definition opens the door for these persons to obtain town employment.

Lawrence noted the town’s current policy regarding drug and alcohol testing does not conform to existing law. “Current law only allows random drug testing for employees who are in safety sensitive positions and those who hold a CDL (commercial driver’s license).” For that reason, she asked — and Council agreed — to replace the town’s existing policy with one provided by the town’s insurance carrier.

Town Council swore in Chase City’s newest police officer Monday night, Joshua Moore. With his hiring the town now has a full complement of police.

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