Interim Purcellville Town Manager Alex Vanegas confirmed today that Police Chief Cynthia McAlister had been placed on administrative leave. Lt. Joe Schroeck is serving as the acting chief.
Vanegas said McAlister was on administrative leave until this week, when she began to use her personal leave. Vanegas declined to comment on the situation except to say that he planned to meet with her next week.
“We have to have some dialogue about things,” he said.
When an email was sent to McAlister’s town email address inquiring whether she was on administrative leave, an automated response was returned. It read, “Chief McAlister is currently out of the office indefinitely; please forward all correspondence to Acting Chief Joe Schroeck.”
Schroeck referred questions to Vanegas. Mayor Kwasi Fraser did the same.
McAlister was hired as chief in May 2015, following a unanimous endorsement by a panel of representatives from town council, the business community and town residents that conducted candidate interviews.