Purcellville today announced that it has hired a new retired police chief to help lead the audit of the investigation of Police Chief Cynthia McAlister.
Timothy Longo, Sr. will take over for Thierry Dupuis, the retired Chesterfield County police chief who town staff hired six weeks ago at $125 an hour for the job. Longo and Dupuis have essentially swapped roles—Longo having retired as the City of Charlottesville’s police chief in 2016 and Dupuis two weeks ago becoming the city’s interim police chief. Longo will now work alongside the Wilson Elser law firm on the audit.
“Longo has been engaged as a consultant and will be working with Wilson Elser in its audit and investigation,” said Interim Town Manager John Anzivino. “We look forward to working with [him].”
Aside from his 15-year stint in Charlottesville, Longo previously served 19 years with the Baltimore Police Department. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, a lecturer on investigation and litigation concepts at the University of Virginia School of Law and currently serves as a police practices expert in criminal matters and Section 1983 claims, which provides civil remedies for citizens whose rights have been infringed.
Longo will remain in town through the duration of the audit, and will be paid the same as Dupuis.
The audit of the investigation on McAlister began Dec. 7, following allegations that former Interim Town Manager Alex Vanegas had an improper personal relationship with the human resources specialist hired to lead that probe.