Alexandria Police Department still without Deputy Chief
Nearly three months after Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King submitted his pick for Deputy Chief, Mayor Jeff Hall has still yet to approve it.
The Chief's choice is Lt. Patrick VanDyke, who currently serves as the Director of the Alexandria Regional Police Academy and the Commander of the SWAT team.
The mayor has 60 days to either approve or deny the choice, and according to City Attorney David Williams, the mayor still isn't ready to make a decision.
At a civil service meeting on Wednesday, the chief said he will not submit another candidate because he believes VanDyke is the best person for the job.
Last month we asked the mayor what the hold up was.
"At this particular time, it hasn't been signed and the chief and I have talked about that and we'll take care of that but it's not the end of that transaction yet," said Mayor Hall.
We asked if the mayor intended to sign it.
"Not at this time, but yes," he said.
We asked if he would sign it by the end of the year.
"I don't know," he told us.
President of the Alexandria Police Officer's Association, Lt. Kenny Rachal, said he's in support of whomever Chief King wants to fill the role.
"They all respect the chief, the men and women here," said Lt. Rachal. "He's a good chief, he's done good things for us. He backs us as well as we back him. And, his choice, we back his choice and we feel that his choice will lead us in the right direction and to make this place a better place for everyone."
The Civil Service Board is giving the mayor until Jan. 15 for an answer on the Deputy Chief position before discussing their next plan of action.
Lt. Rachal said he also sent a letter to the mayor's office two weeks ago about a 26 officer shortage. He said he hasn't heard back.