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    Eastville police chief & town manager Rob Stubbs fired

    By Margaret Kavanagh,


    Rob Stubbs, the chief of police and town manager in Eastville on the Eastern Shore, has been fired from both roles, two city council members told News 3 Friday.

    The decision was announced at a city council meeting this week.

    Mayor Jim Sturgis told News 3 on Friday that the council had lost faith in Stubbs as town manager and police chief.

    David Elder will serve as interim manager, and Lynn Christian will serve as interim police chief until respective replacements are named.

    We are committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of the Town of Eastville, and this was not a decision we took lightly," Mayor Sturgis said in a press release.

    Back in December, Eastville was the focal point of a News 3 Investigation into speeding tickets on the Eastern Shore.

    Sturgis stated that Stubbs' termination was in no way connected to our investigation.

    Watch: Don't speed on the Eastern Shore, especially in Eastville

    Don't speed on the Eastern Shore, especially in Eastville

    The News 3 Investigative Team uncovered that the town of Eastville, with a population of around 350, is writing more tickets than most other cities in Hampton Roads except Virginia Beach — the biggest city in Virginia.

    Critics said the excessive ticket writing called it “policing for a profit”, but Stubbs denied that, saying they were just following state law and only stopping vehicles going over 10 mph an hour over the posted speed limit.

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