Broadway Names Collins New Police Chief

By: Brendan Ponton Email
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BROADWAY, Va. (WHSV) -- It's been nearly 20 years since Broadway last had a new police chief.

Sgt. Carl "Randy" Collins will replace Jay Lantz, who is retiring in November.

Lantz has been the town's chief of police since 1994.

Collins said he is excited about the job and his goal is basically to keep doing what is currently being done. That includes community policing efforts and being a hometown officer for the small town.

Collins has been on the force since 2001; working his way up from officer, to sergeant and now to chief.

He'll oversee a small department with only four full-time officers along with five part-time officers.

The town council unanimously picked him Monday night after interviewing six people, according to Doug Harpine, a member of the council.
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Collins said he wants to keep the department's reputation strong, "We're viewed very highly. We're here with the people all the time. We're under constant scrutiny."

As chief, Collins will do mostly administrative work, but will still do some patrolling.


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