Michael A. Jones

Michael A. Jones

HURT — Ron Rowland is no longer acting as the Town of Hurt’s chief of police and a security consultant familiar to many in the area has taken on a role similar to that of a police chief, but on an interim basis. That’s the announcement from Hurt town officials following a Jan. 13 called meeting in which town councilors voted unanimously to hire the consultant — Michael A. Jones — effective last week.

Jones, who is described in his resume as “a veteran law enforcement executive with a proven history in leadership” — operates Midlothian-based Major Security Consulting and Design LLC. He also served as chief of the Virginia Capitol Police and was also chief of the Altavista Police Department for a year, ending in June 2016. Additionally, he was also manager for the Town of Chatham. The Gretna native started his law enforcement career as a deputy for the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office.

Rowland, who served as chief eight years, is currently taking a leave of absence until his retirement becomes effective Jan. 27, Hurt Mayor Gary Poindexter told The Altavista Journal Monday. 

Mayor Poindexter praised Jones’ selection, noting he “shares our conservative southern Virginia values and cares deeply about the future of our region. I can't imagine a better suited individual to help Hurt address its needs.”

For more on this developing story, be sure to pick up a copy of the Jan. 22 print edition of The Altavista Journal. It’s available on newsstands throughout Hurt, Altavista and Campbell County.