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Virginia Tech police chief stepping down

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 8:30am  ET

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Tech police chief Wendell Flinchum is stepping down early next year.

Vice president for administration Sherwood Wilson announced Flinchum's pending departure Thursday in a news release posted on the university's website.

Wilson says Maj. Kevin Foust will serve as acting chief, effective Feb. 1, 2013. The university plans to conduct a national search to replace Flinchum.

Flinchum says in note to the university police department that it's time to transition to a new phase in his life.

Flinchum has served as Virginia Tech's police chief since 2006. He joined the police department in 1985 as a patrolman.

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