Chief’s endorsement of table games inappropriate, St. Albans mayor says

By Anna Sale

556-4936

asale@wvpubcast.org 

In new television and radio ads, the Police Chief of the town of St. Albans in Kanawha County endorses the June 9 referendum for table games. St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway doesn’t think that was appropriate. He says he didn’t authorize the police chief’s appearance, and he would not have if he’d been asked.

“Unfortunately with the police chief appearing in uniform, it appears that the city did make an endorsement but that’s not the situation.”

St. Albans is a town of about 11,000. It’s less than ten miles away from the Tri-state Racetrack and Gaming Center in Nitro.

“I have discussed the issue with the chief, and we discussed the ramifications and he understands that the city had not officially acted upon it, and of course, dealing with personnel issues, I can’t say a lot in that particular area.”

But the matter hasn’t caused a major public outcry. The mayor says city hall has only gotten three complaints from citizens. 

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