Purcellville Council Calls Closed Meeting on Police Position

With Purcellville Chief of Police Cynthia McAlister now on leave from her post for more than a month, her status remains uncertain. But that may change this week.

The Town Council plans a closed meeting Wednesday night to discuss “the performance and possible discipline of an employee of the town police department.”

Interim Town Manager Alex Vanegas confirmed Oct. 6 that McAlister had been placed on administrative leave, but said she had used her personal leave that week. He and Town Council members declined to provide any details about the situation.

Last Tuesday, Vanegas said he met with McAlister on Oct. 17 and that he would provide an update on her status as soon as he had more information.

Mayor Kwasi Fraser said he had taken himself out of the process. “I’m looking for something by next week at the latest,” he said. “I want to understand … where we stand with the chief following the administrative leave.”

Lt. Joe Schroeck has been serving as acting chief.

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