<br />VIRGnUA: At a special meeting of the
<br />Board of Supervisors of
<br />Chesterfield County held at
<br />the Courthouse on February 3,
<br />1942. at 8;00 o'clock P.M.
<br />H. L. Chalkley, Chair.man
<br />H. T. Goyne
<br />J.G. Hening
<br />W. A. Horner
<br />P. W.Covington
<br />T. D.hatkins
<br />The resignation of F. F. Vincent from the Police Force of Chesterfield County
<br />which vas submitted to the Chief of Police. C.il.l:.lmith, and toon to the Board.
<br />was received. Upon consideration whereof and on motion of H. T.Goyne. it is
<br />resolved that this resignation be and it hereby is ijccepted as of February 2,
<br />It appearing to be necessary to fill certain vacancies in the Police Department
<br />caused py resignations of members of the Police Force, a number of applicants
<br />had been called for interviewing but because of the lack of proper investigation
<br />of applicants, and on motion of~i. A. Horner, it is resolve'd that no appointment
<br />should be maue at this time but all considered for appointment be carried over
<br />to the next regular meeting of this Board on February 10, 1942.
<br />TLe following applicants were interviewed for the positions vacant on the Police
<br />Force: Kern M.Thomas, Albert T. Maxey, George a. McKesson. Irving T. Wills,
<br />Wm. D. Fendley. Wm; T. Baugh, Paul Leo Bard, Loris M. Longest, liugh G. Payne.
<br />Chas. H. Besecker,Jr., \lm. Clifford Smith, Douglas ii, Murphy, Forest M. Blankenship"
<br />H. E. Rudy. G.T.Ballard, John B. Ahern, Michael Cifelli, Edwin T. Smith, Karl
<br />MaddreY,R1Q.hard \Ioodard and W. G. Gilliam.
<br />After the Interviewing of all the applicants,and on motion of T. D.i/atkins. it is
<br />resolved thnt the Board should reoess for a fifteen minute period.
<br />This day the matter of the Police Department of Chesterfield County came before
<br />the Board for discussion, as well as the appointment of persons to fill vacancies
<br />recently made in that department:
<br />And it appearing that the department is now without a permanent head, C.W.Smith.
<br />Chief of said department having been granted a leave of absence for services with
<br />the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and
<br />\;hereas, since the resign::. tion of three of the officers of said department and
<br />leave of Mr.5.mith, it appears that the department is fast disintegrating so that
<br />the same is not an effective working unit, and
<br />'i1hereas, in order to train the new personnel and reorganize said police force
<br />it is necessary that an. experienced and practiced person be at the head thereof, 81ld
<br />\ihereas, the said C.W.~th, Chief Of Police, now on leave has demonstrated his
<br />capacity for organizing the police force and training the personnel to the
<br />satisfaction of thisBoard, and
<br />IIh8reas, further, since the leave of absence was granted the said C.wi.Smith,
<br />there has come to an adjoining area of this County a naval ship building yard
<br />which will emplOY around ten to twelve thousand men, and by reason of location
<br />of said shipyard, a large proportion of the personnel working therein will
<br />inhabit and pass through the County Of Chesterfield. thereby placing a burden
<br />upon said police department, and fUrther, that the Richmond General Depot has a
<br />orginally planned is in substantial completion and is beginning an expansion
<br />program enlarging the same twice the original size, placing a further burden on
<br />the local pOlice authorities. and
<br />Whereas. this Board being cognizant now of these conditions and of the ability
<br />of the said C.W.Smith,verily believes that it is necessary for the said C.W.
<br />Smith to return to his post of duty in the protection of the public and its
<br />properties, notwithstanding the work he is now undertaking.
<br />Now. Therefore, upon consideration whereof and on motion of T.D.Wattins, it is
<br />resolved thst the Honorable John Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau
<br />of Investigation, be and he hereby is respectfully requested, in view of the facts
<br />set out in the preamble hereto, to release C'-ii.Smith from trail\ling and service '
<br />in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, so that the said C.'d.Smith can return
<br />to his office here and reorganize the police department of the County of Chester-
<br />field to its former efficient standard, so that the persons and properties of the
<br />citizens of the County of Chesterfield. Virginia, might be properly protected, a~
<br />well as the County as an integral part of the Nation might be properly and effi-
<br />ciently policed.
<br />ZIond be it further resolved tha.t the Executive Secretary and Commonwealth's Attorn~y
<br />be and they hereby are instructed to personally visit the officials of the
<br />Federal Eureau of Investigation, transmit this resolution and personally request
<br />tha tit be complied with at the earliest possible time.