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BY REBECCA J. BARNABI
FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR
The Colonial Beach Town Council is searching for a new police chief.
Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. resigned at the council's regular meeting Thursday night, effective immediately. Council members discussed the matter during closed session and announced the resignation afterward.
They did not give a reason for the resignation. Blevins was not available after the closed session and could not be reached for comment Friday.
Capt. William Seay will act as interim chief until a replacement is named.
Blevins served as chief since January 2011 and had been a member of the town force since 2002. He previously worked with the sheriff's offices in Fredericksburg and Stafford, Spotsylvania and Orange counties.
The council also has one vacant seat, the result of Councilman Mike Ham being elected mayor in November. A replacement is expected to be appointed later this month.
In other business, the council unanimously agreed to change its committee meetings to encourage more participation by residents. The council agreed to hold work sessions once a month, designate a council member as the contact for each committee and look for citizen volunteers to join the panels.
Tommy Edwards was named the contact for public safety, Tim Curtin for economic development, Wanda Goforth for finance, Jim Chiarello for administration and Gary Seeber for public works.
"I think it's a great idea," Chiarello said. "This is an opportunity to get back involved with the community."
The council also agreed to hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30 to get public input on water and sewer connections for tax-exempt entities, and it approved a two-year contract with an option for a third to allow a Jet Ski contest each summer. This year's event is scheduled for July 19-21.