Longtime RRHA police chief fired

Posted at 3:05 PM, Oct 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-23 17:35:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- Hal Hazelton, the police chief of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) who was recently put on leave, has been fired.

According to high level city sources and someone close to the case, Hazelton was sent a letter dated Oct. 15 informing him of his termination. The letter was signed by Adrienne Goolsby, RRHA’s CEO.

"We are aware that there is a vacancy for the RRHA Police Chief," Tammy Hawley, spokeswoman for Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, wrote in an email. "It is my understanding that RRHA did solicit the help of the Richmond Police Department to appoint an interim replacement."

CBS 6 contacted Hazelton, who said he couldn’t comment on the case, but did tell us that he has retained an attorney.

CBS 6 also reached out to RRHA, but was told the issue was a personnel matter that they could not comment on.

Hazelton has been on the job at RRHA for 13 years, and is an Air Force veteran who formerly worked with the Capitol Police.

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