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Quantico hires new town police chief

March 18, 2013 | Virginia News

The Quantico Town Council voted unanimously on Thursday to hire John Patrick Clair as its new full-time police chief effective March 25.

Clair, 32, is a 14-year law enforcement veteran having most recently served with the Prince William County police department.

The town began searching for a new chief/town sergeant after its former top cop Howard Castle resigned.

Castle was one of the town’s two full-time officers to resign after an audit of the police department revealed a missing gun, cash and drugs. The Virginia State Police are investigating.

Castle, the other full-time officer and the town’s four auxiliary officers were required to take polygraph tests.

Clair began his law enforcement career as a military police officer with the Army and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After receiving an honorable discharge, he became a government contractor before joining the Dumfries Police Department.

He is a graduate of Liberty University's School of Religion and continues to pursue theological studies.

Clair comes from a history of law enforcement leadership, his grandfather Henry Clair being the founding chief of the Sugarcreek Township Police Department, in rural southern Ohio, said Quantico Mayor Kevin Brown.

“The Quantico Town Council and mayor remain committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure the residents of the town of Quantico are provided with a professional and well maintained police department,” Brown said.

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