Police chief, finance director leave Portsmouth

Portsmouth Police Chief Edward Hargis

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth police confirmed Friday Chief Edward Hargis will retire this summer. News of the city finance director’s resignation came the day before.

Det. Misty Holley said the chief’s retirement will take effect June 1. Portsmouth Finance Director Carol Swindell will step down May 1, according to city spokeswoman Dana Woodson.

Their departures come after Portsmouth City Council ousted City Attorney George Willson and Interim City Manager John Rowe Tuesday night.

Judy Duffy was appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer for Portsmouth on May 1. According to Woodson, she served in this position for the city in the past and has been a city employee for more than 30 years.

Hargis took the helm of the Portsmouth Police Department in January 2009. During his tenure, the city says Hargis developed a five-year plan that aimed to improve public safety services, enhance community partnerships, develop staff members and improve the department’s use of technology.

According to Portsmouth’s website, Chief Hargis is currently the vice chair of the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy Executive Committee, board member on the Tidewater Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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