7 Police Officers Among Recent Town of Leesburg Resignations

The Town Council’s decision to mandate a COVID-19 vaccines for its employees has cost Leesburg several members of its police department.

Data provided by Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett this week showed that, since the council’s Oct. 12 decision to mandate the vaccine for its full- and part-time employees along with most of its board and commission members, 11 full-time employees have submitted their resignation.

Of those 11 employees, seven are officers with the Leesburg Police Department, Arnett confirmed. The town has also lost two members of its Department of Finance & Administrative Services, and one staff member each from the Utilities Department and Town Manager’s Office.

Although none of those employees cited the mandate as the reason for their resignations, Arnett said “to the best of our knowledge,” at least six resignations likely were—all from the police department.

An email from Town Manager Kaj Dentler to the Town Council, which was shared with Loudoun Now, indicates at least initial concern about the impact of the resignations from the police department.

“The Police Department is the greatest vulnerability to sustainable operations,” he wrote.

Currently, there are 18 vacancies in the department, according to department Public Information Officer Michael Drogin. The department is authorized for 90 sworn officer positions.

“It is important to note that five of the 18 sworn vacancies are expansion positions that were approved, but never filled due to the town’s hiring freeze as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, there were several planned retirements in 2020 and 2021 that have attributed to the 18 vacancies,” Drogin added.

While several members of the police department warned the council at a September meeting that mass resignations from the department would come if a vaccine mandate was implemented, Dentler said that two of the seven officers who resigned had received employment offers from other jurisdictions.

Of the town’s 351 full-time employees, 15 employees remain undecided on whether they will comply with the mandate, Dentler said. The “overwhelming majority” of those 15, he said, are in the police department.

“The remainder of the organization is either fully vaccinated, intend to be vaccinated, or intend to obtain qualified exemption so no operational disruption [is] anticipated,” in other town government departments, he wrote.

Dentler also added that no requested religious or medical exemptions have been denied to date.

Eighty-three percent of the town’s full-time employees already are fully vaccinated, and an additional 3% is either partially vaccinated or intend to be vaccinated by the deadline. Of the remaining 14%, according to Dentler, 9% are seeking a medical or religious exemption, 4% are undecided, and one staff member has formally declared an intention to not comply and resign by the deadline.

Under the Town Council policy, employees and board and commission members have until Jan. 11 to either receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

31 thoughts on “7 Police Officers Among Recent Town of Leesburg Resignations

  • 2021-12-02 at 11:42 am
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    It’s puzzling why such a high percentage of Leesburg’s police officers are so resistant to the Covid vaccine. Perhaps it’s true that police tend to be more conservative. And many view the vaccine as “experimental.” I can’t say I blame them. I’ve had two jabs of Moderna. That’s enough for now. I’m not interested in getting so-called “booster” shots on a regular basis. Happy Hanukkah Loudoun!

    • 2021-12-02 at 9:50 pm
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      If you have had the Vaxx and believe in the Vaxx then you have Nothing to Worry about if someone isn’t Vaccinated.

      • 2021-12-03 at 2:33 pm
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        Not true. You can still be a carrier to others and you don’t know the situation of other citizens. If you are a good citizen then you’ll put yourself at this demonstrable minimal risk to help your fellow citizens and to get this thing put in the past. I like having businesses open but if unvaccinated people keep spreading it around then we’re headed for more lockdowns.

        Also, the long term risk of having a live virus in your system is a lot more than having an inert piece of the virus in your system when that inert piece gives you increased immunity and less likelihood of passing it along. Do the right thing or remain a coward, that’s the “choice” here.

        • 2021-12-03 at 5:32 pm
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          I agree with your general sentiment, but this vaccine isn’t even an inert piece of the virus. It is a harmless simulation that tricks the immune system into creating the proper resistance

  • 2021-12-02 at 1:11 pm
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    Leesburg’s first responders couldn’t hide in the safety of their homes in 2020. They couldn’t do their jobs “virtually,” like the (D) politicians who run Leesburg.

    The (D)s are cowards who want nothing more than to control every aspect of our lives.

    • 2021-12-03 at 5:38 pm
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      Exactly, which is why they should be vaccinated. They can’t stay in their homes, they have to be in the public so they shouldn’t be exposing the public to the virus. If my lung cancer patient father needs an ambulance I shouldn’t have to worry they are going to kill him

      • 2021-12-05 at 11:52 am
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        If your father needed an ambulance last year, what would you have done?

  • 2021-12-02 at 3:09 pm
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    Good riddance.

    These guys like to thump their chests and talk about putting their lives in the line for the public, l but they won’t even vaccinate themselves from a disease that’s killing thousands.

    When the police interact with you one doesn’t have a choice- you can’t social distance and you pretty much have to do whatever they tell you or risk a beat down.

    I hope these guys lose their pensions and can’t collect unemployment. They should have thought twice before they quit their well paid positions with their high school diplomas.

    Pathetic.

      • 2021-12-05 at 11:05 am
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        Damm right I was, though not specifically about the vaccines.

        I try and avoid these “every so dedicated” public servants as much as possible. They’re super entitled, well armed, poorly trained and I’d think long and hard before I invited any one of them to my house to assist in an emergency involving a loved one.

  • 2021-12-02 at 5:14 pm
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    None of the officers who are leaving cited the vaccine mandate as the reason for their leaving, but a Public Information officer says “at least six are”? This sounds like speculation or even projection. Regardless, if some officers lack the good sense to get the vaccine, maybe the Town is better off with out them.

  • 2021-12-02 at 5:56 pm
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    It’s puzzling why the Town of Leesburg is chasing good employees away over a vaccination that will NOT reduce a person’s chance of getting Covid. The Covid strain has mutated and is ineffective against the new mutations. In addition look at the cost to train and train a police officer, this is a poor business decision and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

    • 2021-12-03 at 1:53 pm
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      Exactly.

      Why are Vaxx’d people so afraid of Un-Vaxxed people.

      The Vaxx is the Science…just follow the Science.

      • 2021-12-03 at 5:40 pm
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        Because the un Vaxxed are the reason the virus is still a problem. And not everyone can get the vaccine due to conditions like lung cancer or other cancers

    • 2021-12-05 at 11:20 am
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      Yea Sad Locoer- you’ve identified part of the problem. Small towns like Leesburg don’t have their own police academies- they can’t afford them.

      Small towns hire the rejects and the poor actors who got let go by other police forces- small towns get the guys who can’t get better jobs elsewhere. This thin blue line shuffling of bad cops from small town to small town is well documented.

      In any normal profession people who refuse to follow their employers’ specific requirements and instructions won’t be able to move freely between jobs, but it ain’t no problem if you’re a small town beat cop (Chiefs of course are different)

  • 2021-12-02 at 6:42 pm
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    Officers that refused to get the COVID vaccine and didn’t have a medical or religious exemption don’t deserve to be officers as they have no respect for the safety of our community. It was a lawful order from the public, their employer. Had anyone from the public refused a lawful order from the police they would have been violently forced to comply. The obstinate officers should be happy the public didn’t respond in kind by taking them to the ground, handcuffing them and then given them the jab despite their protestations.

    • 2021-12-03 at 2:42 pm
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      In 2020, did these same police officers “have no respect for the safety of our community” when they were out there doing their jobs?

  • 2021-12-03 at 9:51 am
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    So long, farewell, and good riddance. Now they can all be replaced by people who care enough about protecting the community to get vaccinated.

  • 2021-12-03 at 11:09 am
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    I feel safer already. We don’t need officers that don’t care about the public good. They are bad citizens. Patriots and heroes care about others and make sacrifices. These people are neither.

    • 2021-12-03 at 1:52 pm
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      If you have the Vaxx then what do you care about someone who does not have the Vaxx?

      You are safe!

      People who drive recklessly or drive drunk are a greater threat to Vaxx’d people than Un-Vaxx’d people.

  • 2021-12-03 at 11:56 am
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    The town of Leesburg PD is now staffed at 80% of its authorized levels for sworn officers. That means responses to calls will take longer, officers will be performing more overtime, costs to the city will increase, and officers will be tired and over-worked when they finally arrive at a call. None of these are good things. Thank your elected officials for yet another epically bad decision.

  • 2021-12-03 at 1:49 pm
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    Vaxx’d or UN-Vaxx’d a person can spread Covid.

    So what difference does it make?

    • 2021-12-03 at 5:44 pm
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      So stupid. Unvaxxed are 10 x more likely to spread it.

  • 2021-12-03 at 5:21 pm
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    Look at all the Branch Covidians dogging the very people who put it all on the line. These folks will believe anything some unaccountable government troll sells them. Cult bait.

    • 2021-12-05 at 11:38 am
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      “Putting it all on the line”?

      Yea, that’s what the boys say to each other when they’re hanging out in the break room or the LVFD but when they’re confronted with a little 120 lb asian woman acting erratically with a pair of scissors they shoot so many bullets at her the ricochets injure their cop buddies. But since they were scared and since scissors can be considered a deadly weapon…. they were just “following their training and doing their jobs”. Just a citizen in a mental health crisis they were protecting and serving right? Pathetic.

      Being a cop doesn’t even rate in the top 10 most dangerous jobs and barely squeaks into the top 25. Garbagemen and Crossing Guards lead far more dangerous existences than cops while at the same saving more lives. Your post does lead me to ponder….. if wonder in the County Volunteer Fire Departments have vaccine mandates? This might be a great opportunity to reign them in too.

      • 2021-12-06 at 12:16 pm
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        And yet, when you’re having the worst day of your life, 911 will be your first call AFF.

        Despite your ‘feelings’ about LE, and now the Fire Dept., they’ll come running anyway.

  • 2021-12-03 at 6:43 pm
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    We all should have a right to a choice. Isn’t that what democrat women say for unborn babies? There are scores of people with complications because of vaccines and not just the COVID vaccine. Guillian barre is one. Wasn’t it Gavin Newsome that had GB after his vaccine? Even with the vaccine, the public is still contracting COVID. The COVID vaccine has not been researched and these officers that are refusing it may have done their research of why they don’t want it. If they agree to have their temp checked prior to starting their shift…what is the big deal? I hear the republican states including Florida are welcoming those being fired. Good luck officers. We thank you for your service. Other states will welcome you.

    • 2021-12-05 at 11:48 am
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      What makes you think these boys didn’t have a choice? Their choice was pretty darn simple. Follow their employer’s instructions or get another job. Republicans even gave a specific name to this choice we have- in Virginia they call a “right to work state” (though what it really means is that your employer can fire you at anytime for any reason and you have to right to work elsewhere)

      Freedom ain’t all it’s cracked up to be eh?

  • 2021-12-03 at 7:40 pm
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    There is no mention in the article or comments about the possibility that those refusing the vaccine may have had COVID and have natural immunity that is proving superior to the vaccine.
    Evidence is growing that the vaccinated and unvaccinated can spread the virus.
    Firing employees, especially police, health care workers and other first responders is insane and caters to the uninformed, anti science and chronically fearful .

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