Toot's Creek Open House

Town of Halifax FOIA Policy

The Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of
Town of Halifax, Virginia
Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

A public record is any writing or recording -- regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format -- that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

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Banister River Access Points

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Hiring of New Chief of Police-Town of Halifax

Position & Agency:  Chief of Police, Town of Halifax, Virginia

Deadline:  April 27, 2012.  Interviews ongoing.  Open until filled.

Job Description/Responsibilities:  Founded in 1777 as the Seat of Halifax County (Pop. 36,241), the historic Town of Halifax (pop. 1,308), is situated in the Southern Piedmont of Virginia on US Hwy 501 approximately 55 miles south of Lynchburg, VA and 59 miles north of Durham, NC, contiguous to the Town of South Boston, VA (Pop. 8,142).  Chief serves under the general administration and authority of the Town Manager and the overall charge of the Mayor under Mayor-Council form of government.  Responsible for day-to-day operation and administration of the Police Department (FY 2011-12 Budget = $249,052), with additional 3 full-time sworn police officers and compliment of certified part-time officers.  Directly supervises all aspects of the department, including the training and deployment of police officers to best serve the town's public safety needs.  Chief answers calls for service in patrol capacity and performs all duties with highest standard of professional conduct in concert with town council's objectives and in response to the community's general welfare.

Qualifications:  Looking for candidates having exceptional small town customer service skills.  BS/BA in criminal justice, police administration preferred, or related field and applicable experience with GED/High School Diploma; grant writing ability desirable; Current Virginia DCJS certification required; at least 3 years of senior administrative experience with at least 7 years of uniformed police experience are also required; demonstrate proven track record of professional development, supervisory ability and proactive community police practices.

Salary:  (DOQ/DOE) Starting salary up to $42,000 with qualifications & experience and within 2011-2012 FY Budget (+) benefits package including health insurance, life insurance and access to Virginia Retirement System (VRS)

How to Apply:  Submit confidential letter of interest, resume, salary history and references by regular post or e-mail only:  Carl Espy, IV, Town Manager, 70 South Main Street, Post Office Box 627, Halifax, Virginia 24558; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Subject "Chief of Police Position".  Any direct questions contact Town Manager 434-476-2343.  Application deadline:  April 27, 2012.  Interviews ongoing.  Open until filled.  The Town of Halifax is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Community Planning & Design Initiative - South Main Street Marketplace

The Town of Halifax will host a community planning and design workshop on February 23 and 24 in the cafeteria of the STEM Academy to develop a master plan for the east side of South Main Street, generally south of Cemetery Street and north of the STEM Academy.  The study area consists of property recently acquired by the Town and offers opportunities for additional infill buildings on vacant land.

Hill Studio planners and designers will work with town officials and other community stakeholders over these two days to understand business market and expansion needs, and identify feasible community development opportunities and linkages.  The goals of the Master Plan are to guide future development and public/private investment in the project area and to recruit new/expanded business investment in downtown Halifax.

Citizens of Halifax and interested individuals and businesses are invited to participate in this workshop to offer insight and comments.  Please come and be a part of this visionary planning effort!  For more information, conatct Carl Espy, Town Manager, at 476-2343.


Wednesday, February 23                                   5:30-6:30 PM                              Talk with us & view Work in Progress

Thursday, February 24                                      6:00-8:00 PM                              Open House - Draft Work Completed