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Halifax police chief to take job with sheriff’s department

December 21, 2011 | Virginia News

News Image Halifax Police Chief David E. Martin will resign effective Dec. 31, Town Manager Carl Espy announced Tuesday.

After serving the residents of the Town of Halifax since September 2006, he has accepted a position with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Espy said.

“It has been a real pleasure serving the Town of Halifax over the past six years,” Martin said Tuesday afternoon.

In his letter of resignation, Martin wished Espy and the Town of Halifax continued success and offered to help with the training of his replacement.

“Thank you for allowing me to serve the fine residents and business owners of the Town of Halifax and for your continued commitment to excellence and integrity in all town business,” Martin wrote.

Town Manager Espy commented on the police chief’s resignation saying, “It has been a great pleasure and honor working with David in his capacity as chief of police since September 2006. Over the past five years, the chief and all the professionally trained police department staff under his leadership have continuously aspired to the high standard of serving the community they are sworn to protect with courtesy and compassion while remaining undeterred in upholding and enforcing the law. Such a balance of civility and public safety requires unique talents, characteristics and character; those attributes haven’t gone unnoticed by those within the community David works alongside everyday.

“The town has been fortunate to have David serving as chief during this juncture of his career in law enforcement,” Espy continued, “and I take comfort knowing he will be working nearby at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department serving with his peers under a new command.”
Espy said during the transition he along with Halifax Mayor Dick Moore, Finance Chairman Holt Evans, Chief Martin and Lieutenant David Irby will work together “going forward.”

Martin began his law enforcement career in the town at the Halifax Police Department in February 1991 as a patrolman.

He has also served as chairman on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, a military police officer and team leader at Fort Pickett Military Police, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office deputy and officer and shift supervisor at South Boston Police Department.

He served as marketing coordinator at The Software Factory, vice president of Sales, founder and part owner of Pure Internet and shift manager at Domino’s Pizza.

Martin also has served as president of Destination Downtown South Boston and a representative on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.

He received his associates degree in administration of justice from Danville Community College and a diploma in Arabic language from Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. He is fluent in reading, writing and speaking Arabic.

Martin served in the Army National Guard from 1997-2000 and the United States Air Force from 1992-1994. He received several awards including, Chief’s Letter of Commendation (Quick Action), Police Service Commendation Medal (Lifesaving), Air Force Achievement Award (Outstanding Service), Air Force Commendation Letter (Lifesaving), Air Force Honor Graduate Ribbon and Police Academy Award-Pistol Marksman.

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