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Town of Dayton Selects New Police Chief

August 13, 2014 | Virginia News

Daniel Hanlon To Take Helm In January

By MEGAN APPLEGATE
Harrisonburg Daily News-Record

DAYTON — Dayton Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to name Lt. Daniel Hanlon as the town’s next police chief.

After the vote, Hanlon received a standing ovation from council.

“I’m grateful for the trust you’ve placed in me for this position,” the 13-year Dayton Police veteran said. “I don’t take it lightly. Thank you.”

Hanlon, 44, will replace the current chief, Donald “Dinky” Conley, who will retire after 15 years in December. Hanlon’s official start date as police chief is Jan. 1.

Jeffery Dean, chair of the personnel committee, said a contract and salary details had not been formalized yet.

A Marine Corps veteran, Hanlon previously worked as a patrol deputy with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and was a member of the Rockingham County SWAT team before joining the Dayton Police Department in 2001.

Council also interviewed Dayton officer Jeremiah Nugent for the position. Nugent has been a member of the Dayton department since April 2013.

In the July meeting, council decided to open applications to internal police department candidates instead of naming a successor to Conley at the meeting. Interviews were held July 30.

“As a council, we truly feel this was the correct process and hope other departments look internally for the best candidates,” said Mayor Charles Long. “We had two great individuals apply and we’re lucky as a town to have them both as employees.”

Dayton’s police force consists of its chief and seven officers.

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