RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The superintendent of the Virginia State Police is retiring, but the agency's spokeswoman says his departure is unrelated to this summer's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Col. W. Steven Flaherty's retirement marks the third departure in two days of a public official who had a role in responding to the rally. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Tuesday afternoon, however, that Flaherty's retirement is unrelated. She says he had been planning to step down at the end of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration.
Flaherty has been with the agency more than 42 years. In a statement, he said serving as superintendent has been the "greatest honor" of his life.
Officials announced earlier Tuesday that City Attorney Craig Brown will leave his job at the end of January. Police Chief Al Thomas announced his retirement Monday after less than two years in the job.
Gov.-elect Ralph Northam's office says Lt. Col. Gary Settle will become the new superintendent.