Status of Purcellville Police Chief Remains Uncertain

With Purcellville Chief of Police Cynthia McAlister now on leave from her post for more than a month, her status remains uncertain.

Interim Town Manager Alex Vanegas confirmed Oct. 6 McAlister had been placed on administrative leave and then took a period of personal leave. At that time, he and Town Council members declined to provide any details about the situation.

Their silence continues.

On 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.

Contacted today, 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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