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June 6, 2018

Dan Boring Warrenton’s interim chief of police

After retiring as police chief there, Dan Boring served four years on the Culpeper Town Council.
Having worked closely with him in Culpeper, I am confident in his leadership, professional knowledge and appreciate the sound advice he gave me when I was town manager there.
— Town Manager Brannon Godfrey
Town Manager Brannon Godfrey has tapped a former Culpeper colleague to serve as Warrenton’s interim police chief.

Daniel V. Boring, 71, will take temporary command of Warrenton’s 29-employee force on Monday, June 11, Mr. Godfrey announced Wednesday night.

The interim chief will earn $10,000 a month, with no housing allowance, Mr. Godfrey said by email Thursday morning.

Mr. Boring, who retired in 2006 after five years as Culpeper’s top cop, will succeed Louis Battle, who suddenly and unexpectedly retired as Warrenton’s chief last month. A week after the announcement, the town council met in closed session May 8 to discuss Mr. Battle’s resignation but took no action and made no comment after reconvening in public.

In the last year, the Warrenton Police Department’s three other command staff members — the assistant chief and two lieutenants — also resigned or retired.

“I am pleased to have Dan on board as interim chief,” Mr. Godfrey said in a press release at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. “Having worked closely with him in Culpeper, I am confident in his leadership, professional knowledge and appreciate the sound advice he gave me when I was town manager there. We are fortunate that he was available to help us out here.”

Mr. Godfrey worked from 2001-07 as Culpeper’s town manager.

Mr. Boring will serve until the town manager hires a permanent Warrenton chief. The town will accept applications through June 30. Then Mr. Godfrey and the panel he selects will conduct interviews. The job will pay $95,000 to $116,000. As of early this week, the town had 21 applicants, Mr. Godfrey said.

Mr. Boring served from 1997 to 2001 as the Town of Vienna chief. He retired from the Arlington County Police Department in 1997 as its deputy chief. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Northwest Missouri State University and a master’s in forensic science from George Washington University. He graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Mr. Boring also served on the Culpeper Town Council from 2010 to 2014. After retiring as police chief, he got involved with town government, serving as interim town manger in 2008 and interim director of environmental services in 2009.

A resident of Tucson since he and his wife moved there in 2014, Mr. Boring will move to this area temporarily for the Warrenton job.

Mr. Godfrey praised Lt. Art Mellon’s performance as acting chief since the former chief cleared out his office May 18.

“I felt we needed an interim chief,” the town manger said. “Lt. Mellon has performed admirably as acting chief since Chief Battle’s retirement. In the absence of a chief and deputy chief on the command staff, I felt it necessary to have an interim chief to carry the load.”

Lt. Mellon will serve as acting deputy chief in the interim.
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Factfinder · June 8, 2018 at 3:07 pm
If you look at the timing of Chief Battle’s “retirement,” how it was announced and how quickly it occurred, you can see his so-called retirement was necessitated by quick action from the town manager. Chief Battle is appears was the problem regarding the mass exodus of senior offices and obviously not the solution. Hopefully, Dan Boring, who is probably no longer certified as a Virginia police officer, can keep the wheels on and stop the personnel hemottaging until the next chief is selected. Battle had friends on council and in the commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office but even they couldn’t save him. One can only guess what precipitated his hasty exit.
Tubbs · June 7, 2018 at 6:49 pm
I don't think the town manager is the problem, Mr. Tedeschi. The exodus from the police department has been going on for some time. Good police officers along with 3 solid command staff left the department recently not because they wanted to, but because they could no longer work under the leader.

I think the town manager finally realized what the problem was and took care of it. Knowing the alpha personality of the former chief, does anyone really think he wanted to retire without a big "look how awesome I am" retirement party thrown by his council-member-buddy lapdog? No. This was a sudden, quiet retirement that ended with the typical spend more time with family statement. The public read between the lines and the members of the police department exhaled a big sigh of relief as he left the building and jumped in the car with his lapdog and rode of into the sunset. Good riddance.

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