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UPDATE: Damascus police chief and officer quit, blame lack of support

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We just spoke with Chief Nunley.

He said he's determined to leave office on a positive note. 

But the head of the Damascus Police Department said he's not able to work in a town where law enforcement aren't appreciated.

"The Mayor doesn't support law enforcement and the police department," said Chief Nunley.  " Having someone who knows nothing about law enforcement -  how can they tell you how things should be run?"

"There's a lot of hard work that goes into law enforcement, and it wasn't appreciated," said Nunley.   "That affects the taxpayers."

In Nunley's resignation letter, he said "without the support of the full council, I can not continue to do the professional and effective job Damascus deserves."

Nunley wasn't the only one who resigned.

Damascus Police Officer Justin Miller also resigned at the special called meeting Wednesday night.   In his resignation letter, he said, "I will not and can not work for a council and mayor who does not appreciate all the hard work the men and the Damascus Police Department put in."

Miller's last day is July 24th.

Nunley's is on August 1st.

Both said they'll take administrative leave until those dates.

News Channel 11's Lauren Haviland also spoke with the Mayor of Damascus Jack McCrady.  He defended his support of the town's Police Department.   You'll hear from him at 11pm on News Channel 11.

Damascus, Virginia's Police Chief has submitted his resignation letter.

Mayor Jack McCrady has confirmed to News Channel 11 that Police Chief Bill Nunley presented the letter to the Town Council at a meeting on Wednesday night.

Mayor McCrady says Chief Nunley told Damascus leaders that he felt like he was not getting the support he needed from the Mayor or the Council for changes he wanted with the Police Department.

This is a developing story.

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