DAMASCUS, Va. -

Damascus, Virginia has a new police chief -- Roger Dowell assumes that role starting Tuesday.

Dowell has been with the department for seven years. He previously served as the department's investigator.

Former chief Bill Nunley and another officer resigned last month.

Mayor Jack McCrady says that Nunley felt the town council and the mayor did not support him because he could only replace a full time officer with a part time officer due to budget constraints.