Harrisoburg police chief retires

Harrisonburg Police Chief Donald G. Harper will officially retire on March 31, 2012 after announcing his intention to retire in 2011. Harper has reached the mandatory retirement age for public safety officials in the state of Virginia.

On Tuesday, March 27, the Harrisonburg City Council passed a resolution honoring Harper’s career with the city. Among other things the resolution acknowledged the growth of the department through Harper’s 20 year tenure. During his service, HPD has expanded to employee 86 sworn officers, 13 full-time and three part-time civilian employees and 16 auxiliary officers. The department also added K9 officers, bike patrols, a Citizen’s Police Academy and computer forensics capabilities.

“Don has been a great asset to the city,” said City Manager Kurt Hodgen. “The Harrisonburg Police Department has thrived under his leadership and we are extremely thankful for all of his hard work and dedication.”

Effective April 1, 2012, Captain Dan Claytor will serve as the Acting Chief of the department. It is anticipated that Claytor will serve in that position for approximately two months.

The City Manager is planning to announce the selection of the new chief early next week.

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.




augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news