Front Royal selects Magalis as its next police chief

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The town police department has a new leader, as Warren County Sheriff's Maj. Kerry L. "Kahle" Magalis II was introduced last week as Front Royal's next chief of police.

He is taking the reins from Bruce Hite, who served as interim chief since May. Hite assumed he interim role when Norman Shiflett retired after holding the position since September 2012.

Magalis is leaving his current job with the sheriffís office, where he has been employed since 1998. He will begin as chief of police Oct. 1.

Town Manager Joseph Waltz said Magalis, who is a lifelong Warren County resident, is a welcome addition and will bring "leadership, professionalism and dedication to the citizens of our community."

Magalis' qualifications include being a Department of Criminal Justice Certified Law Enforcement Officer and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the release said.

Throughout the interview process, Magalis displayed qualities of a clear communicator with a firm grasp on the importance of community policing, Waltz said.

"He has an extensive background in law enforcement and has proven himself as an approachable and professional public servant," Waltz said.

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