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South Boston News
Forbes / October 09, 2019
Chase City has a new town manager — C.F. “Dusty” Forbes, who was sworn into office on Friday after being hired by Chase City Town Council at a special called meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Forbes becomes the town’s fifth full-time town manager, following Angela Lawrence who departed after taking a similar position in northwest Virginia earlier this year.

“With that, a new era begins for us,” noted Chase City Mayor Eddie Bratton.

Bratton said Forbes started his tenure with the town by attending a VML (Virginia Municipal League) conference for town and city leaders in Roanoke from Sunday through Tuesday of this week. Town leaders agreed “this would be a good opportunity for Dusty to begin his career with us and to find out what VML does for the municipalities in Virginia,” Bratton explained.

Forbes is a Chase City native and Bluestone High School graduate. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy where he rose to the rank of senior chief petty officer while serving at various duty posts throughout the U.S.

Forbes retired after serving for 25 years. During his time in service, he received praise for his work ethic, and dedication to achieving goals and assignments. After leaving Naval service, Forbes spent five years working in the finance industry before returning to Chase City. He spent the past year working in the security industry.

Bratton said, “We are very pleased to have a native son assume the leadership role for Chase City and I am sure we will work to help Dusty be successful as our town manager. There are many things concerning the town that show great potential for our future and that will hopefully be inviting to potential residents and businesses.”

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