On July 9, Greater Tappahannock Supervisor and Chairman E. Stanley Langford provided the “Official Statement for Essex County Board of Supervisors” in regards to an ongoing investigation.
The statement reads as such:
“An investigation by the State Police was initiated when the County Administrator [Reese Peck] noted possible discrepancies in leave records in a department outside the County Administration offices.
“We are not aware of any results from the investigation at this time.
“Until the investigation is completed and a conclusion is reached, it would be improper for us to speculate or comment, or imply any wrongdoing.
“We believe in the American justice system and therefore we intend to let the process continue to its conclusion.”
The statement did not specify the person or persons who are being investigated at this time.
The release came after a statement from VSP Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar on June 30 that was included in the July 3 issue of the Northern Neck News and confirmed that the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Richmond Field Office is conducting an investigation of Essex County’s Deputy Administrator Linda Lumpkin after the bureau received an allegation involving fraud.
Lumpkin is slated to retire July 31 and is on leave until her retirement date.
Notice was given on Monday, July 8 of a special closed meeting convened that day by the Essex County Board of Supervisors at the Essex County School Board and County Office Complex for the purpose of seeking legal advice.
The results of the meeting were not disclosed.