MARION, Va. — UPDATED:
Town leaders in Marion, Virginia have asked Michael Roberts to step down after being arrested on drug charges.
Here is the official statement from the mayor:
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM MAYOR DAVID P. HELMS, THE TOWN OF MARION, VA
“Michael D. Roberts was hired by the Town of Marion as a patrolman in July 1986, and he was promoted to Chief of Police on July 01, 2000. As a result of today’s investigation and arraignment, the Marion Town Council met in executive session this evening and subsequently voted unanimously to instruct Town Manager Bill Rush to write a letter to Michael D. Roberts informing him that his services were no longer required by the Town of Marion effective .
Lieutenant Rex Anders will be serving in operational command of the Marion Police Department until further notice.
The Town of Marion continues to work with all agencies in full cooperation during this investigation.”