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Statement from the Town of Rocky Mount, VA

January 23, 2021
Statement from the Town of Rocky Mount, VA

For more information, contact:

C. James Ervin

540-483-7660

 

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2021

 

Statement from the Town of Rocky Mount, VA

 

Rocky Mount, Va. (January 23, 2021) – Rocky Mount police officers Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker have been suspended without pay as of Friday, January 22. This action is part of our ongoing cooperation with the federal investigation into the presence of both men at the Washington, D.C. Capitol building on January 6. We are fully aware of the serious nature of the information contained in the federal arrest warrants and are continuing to assist with federal agents as they investigate this matter.

The Town of Rocky Mount and Rocky Mount Police Department are adhering to a strict and thorough review process and is prepared to conclude our investigation into this matter early next week and will release an update at that time. 


Town of Rocky Mount announces retirement of Harvester’s Gary Jackson

January 22, 2021
Town of Rocky Mount announces retirement of Harvester’s Gary Jackson

For more information, contact:

Beth Simms

bsimms@rockymountva.org

540-483-0907

 

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2021

 

ROCKY MOUNT, Virginia — After bringing some 1,000 shows to Harvester Performance Center, General Manager Gary Jackson will retire from his post at the venue in February.

Jackson was named Harvester general manager in 2013, nearly a year before the venue’s opening in 2014. He was charged with developing a venue that would host high-quality acts and attract music lovers from across Southwest Virginia and beyond.

Town leaders chose Jackson for his history of success developing venues and his deep contacts within the music industry. He immediately set a high bar for performances, booking headliners including the Indigo Girls and Marty Stuart in the Harvester’s first season.

Since then, Jackson has continued to bring legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kenny G, and Ricky Skaggs to the Harvester stage. Guests from more than three dozen states have traveled to Rocky Mount to catch their favorite artists, expanding the town’s identity as a cultural destination.

When COVID-19 shuttered venues worldwide, Jackson responded by moving the music outside. Under the Harvester Outdoors banner, Jackson held a number of shows at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market and The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake.

“Gary Jackson did amazing things for Rocky Mount,” said Mayor Steven Angle. “He helped establish Harvester Performance Center as a world-class music venue, then shared that reputation within the music industry and brought in well-known acts for people to enjoy. This brought thousands of people to Rocky Mount. In doing so the Harvester became, and is, an important economic development investment for the town that benefits our businesses. Rocky Mount is very grateful and thanks Gary Jackson for all his hard work and dedication. He will be missed. We wish him well in his retirement.” 

Jackson credits the whole Harvester team and the involvement of the community for the venue’s accomplishments.

“Everyone at the Harvester deserves a lot of applause. The staff helped me set the table night after night and create the magic that happens when talented musicians and music lovers come together as one. And our wonderful family of volunteers — the best in the industry. They have greeted thousands and thousands of music fans. It was their dedication that helped folks from all walks of life enjoy a night of incredible live music,” he said.

He also thanked the Rocky Mount Town Council.

“I’m grateful to the mayor and the council for their support of me and the vision of the Harvester,” Jackson said.

Jackson’s retirement is effective Feb. 5. The town will announce plans for the Harvester’s management in the coming weeks.


Joint Statement from Rocky Mount Chief of Police Ken Criner, Police Captain Mark Lovern and Town Manager James Ervin.

January 14, 2021
Joint Statement from Rocky Mount Chief of Police Ken Criner, Police Captain Mark Lovern and Town Manager James Ervin.

For more information, contact:

James Ervin, Town Manager

540-483-7660

 

For Immediate Release

January 14, 2021

 

Rocky Mount, Va. – On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, two officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department were arrested on federal charges stemming from the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. We want to offer clarification on our response, the actions that have been taken by our department and our next steps.

First, the Rocky Mount Police Department takes this matter very seriously. The recent events that have taken place at our U.S. Capitol are tragic. We stand with and add our support to those who have denounced the violence and illegal activity that took place that day. Our Town and our Police Department absolutely does not condone illegal or unethical behavior by anyone, including our officers and staff. To the families of those whose lives were taken too soon, and all those shaken by the events over the past week, we are mourning with you and actively working to do our part in helping federal investigators do their jobs.

Upon learning that two off-duty Rocky Mount police officers, Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson, were in the Capitol Building on January 6, a report was filed by our department with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to launch a formal investigation in connection to the protest and riot that occurred and the presence of these individuals.

Earlier this week, Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson were arrested by federal authorities and charged with one count each of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count each of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The incident is still unfolding as it is a complex investigation.

We want to affirm that our department has and will continue to follow strict protocols for investigating and responding to allegations of officer misconduct. We understand that this process can seem frustrating from the outside, but we are committed to supporting a professional and thorough investigation to determine the facts. As more information becomes available, we will update the public


Rocky Mount Police Department Statement

January 13, 2021
Rocky Mount Police Department Statement

For more information, contact:

Officer Christy Witt, Rocky Mount Police PIO

540-483-9275 

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2021

 Two Rocky Mount Police Department officers were charged by federal authorities with misdemeanors stemming from their presence at an event in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.

 The Town’s review of this matter is ongoing and the officers remain on administrative leave.


RMPD News Release 01/10/21

January 10, 2021
RMPD News Release 01/10/21

 

ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPARTMENT STATEMENT

(ROCKY MOUNT, Va.) – The Rocky Mount Police Department is aware that two off-duty officers were present at an event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The Town of Rocky Mount fully supports all lawful expressions of freedom of speech and assembly by its employees but does not condone the unlawful acts that occurred that day.

 Based on the available information, the Police Department has notified federal authorities and the individuals that were present at the event are on administrative leave pending review.


Town of Rocky Mount Seeking Public Input for Brand Development

January 7, 2021
Town of Rocky Mount Seeking Public Input for Brand Development

Rocky Mount, VA (January 7, 2021) – The Town of Rocky Mount has launched a survey to gather public input on the unique perspectives and experiences of those who live, work, play and govern in the Town as it undergoes a process to brand itself for quality of life and regional tourism opportunities. Survey findings will help Town leaders make decisions about how to communicate Rocky Mount’s story and strengths in preparation for a brand launch in spring of 2021.

 

This survey has been published on the Town’s social media accounts, including Facebook, and is available for anyone who has a connection with Rocky Mount to take. The anonymous survey will be available through January 24th to collect responses.

 

“We’re encouraging anyone who lives, works or spends time here in the heart of Franklin County to share their perspectives about what makes our Town great, and where we might be overlooking opportunities,” explains Beth Simms, Economic Development Director for Rocky Mount. “It is so important for those of us who have connections here to be part of the storytelling of our Town – because we have a great and very unique story to tell.

 

In September, the Rocky Mount Economic Development Authority engaged Access Advertising & Public Relations, a Southwest Virginia agency specializing in branding and public relations strategy, to lead the brand development process which began with dozens of interviews with Rocky Mount business owners, residents and government officials.

 

The survey is accessible at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RockyMountVA.


Economic Development Director, Beth Simms recognized in The Roanoker Magazine

January 5, 2021
Economic Development Director, Beth Simms recognized in The Roanoker Magazine

Congratulations to the Town of Rocky Mount's Economic Development Director, Beth Simms on being named to The Roanoker Magazine's 40 Under 40 list.  This list nominates the next wave of leaders in our region.  Congratulations Beth!

https://theroanoker.com/magazine/features/40-under-40-beth-simms/