Chase City has a new Town Manager. Charles “Dusty” Forbes officially assumed the post on Friday.

Speaking on Monday morning, Chase City Mayor Eddie Bratton said that Forbes had been one of the “early” applicants for the position but it had taken time to work through the stack of applications received.

He had a very successful career in the Navy,” said Mayor Bratton, “and finished as a Chief Petty Officer. He had extraordinary letters of commendation, written as personal recommendations. And,” added the Mayor, “ we were very impressed when he interviewed. He was very personable.”

According to Mayor Bratton, Forbes hit the ground running and spent the weekend representing Chase City at the annual Virginia Municipal League Conference.

As it happens, Mr. Forbes, who prefers the nick-name “Dusty”,” said Mayor Bratton, “was supposed to begin work here yesterday. We discovered that a VML conference for town and city leaders was scheduled in Roanoke from Sunday through Tuesday. It was suggested that this would be a good opportunity for Dusty to begin his career with us and to find out what VML does for the municipalities in Virginia.”

In addition to his career in the Navy, Mr. Forbes worked in the finance industry for five years and, returning to our part of Virginia, he worked in the security industry for the last year. Seeing our advertisement for Town Manager, he decided to apply, feeling he had the necessary skills to be successful in leading us to the next level of success," said Mayor Bratton.  "We, speaking for the elected officers of Chase City, are very pleased to have a native son assume the leadership role for Chase City and I am sure we will work to help Dusty be successful as our Town Manager. We’re very excited to have him,” said Mayor Bratton. “We look forward to a long period of service with him.”