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Former Salem police chief named Vinton interim chief

October 30, 2015 | Virginia News

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Retired Salem Police Chief Jeff Dudley will act as Vinton’s interim police chief while town council members continue their search for the department’s new head, according to a news release.

Vinton Town Council appointed Dudley as interim chief Tuesday. He will temporarily replace Benjamin Cook, who announced earlier this month he was leaving the department to take a job as a security manager at LewisGale Medical Center. Cook’s last day is Friday.

Dudley worked with Salem police for 37 years before retiring in 2014. He has a master’s degree from Radford University and graduated from the Virginia Forensic Science Academy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Virginia Chiefs Professional Executive Leadership School.

Vinton Town Manager Chris Lawrence said Dudley will continue receiving pension from his time as Salem police chief while working as Vinton’s interim chief.

“He’s a contract employee. Since it’s only going to be for three months that doesn’t affect his pension,” Lawrence said. “If we have to hire him for longer we’ll discuss it then.”

Council members are recruiting candidates for chief and hope to have a new chief in place in early 2016. Dudley will begin his interim term Monday.

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