Service will honor fallen law enforcement officers

A memorial and tribute service in honor of National Police Week will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Potomac Senior High School, 3401 Panther Pride Dr., Dumfries. The service is free and open to the public.

The annual event, sponsored by the Prince William County Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, will include a candlelight vigil for the following law enforcement officers who lived in or served the county and were killed in the line of duty:

→Trooper Jackie M. Bussard, Virginia State Police, May 1970.

→Officer Paul T. White Jr., Prince William County Police, October 1973.

→Investigator Claude Everett Seymour, Virginia State Police, April 1975.

→Trooper Johnny R. Bowman, Virginia State Police, August 1984.

→Sergeant John D. Conner III, Manassas City Police, July 1988.

→Officer Phillip M. Pennington, Prince William County Police, November 1990.

→Trooper Jose M. Cavazos, Virginia State Police, February 1993.

→Special Agent William H. Christian Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation, May 1995.

→Detective John M. Gibson, United States Capitol Police, July 1998.

→Officer Marlon E. Morales, Metro Transit Police, June 2001.

→2nd Lt. Francis Joseph Stecco, Fairfax County Police, October 2008.

→Special Agent Chad L. Michael, Drug Enforcement Administration, October 2009.

→Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon, Drug Enforcement Administration, October 2009.

→Officer Paul Michael Dittamo, Washington Metropolitan Police, October 2010.

→Officer Chris Yung, Prince William County Police, December 2012.

Manassas Park’s city manager to retire

James (Jim) Zumwalt recently announced that he will retire June 30 after 21 / 2 years as Manassas Park’s city manager.

Before moving to the area in 2011, Zumwalt was the city manager in Paducah, Ky. He was recently recognized by the International City/County Management Association for 40 years of service to local governments.

The City of Manassas Park has begun searching for a new manager. “We’re looking for someone with the appropriate mix of leadership, management and public policy skills,” Manassas Park Mayor Frank Jones said in a press release.

Bentz named as head of Leadership Prince William

Leadership Prince William, an organization that trains and supports local business, government and community leaders, announced that Kathy Bentz will be its new executive director.

Bentz, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, graduated from the 10-month Leadership Prince William program in 2010.

The organization is accepting applications through May 30 for the class of 2014. For information or to apply, visit

Manassas City Public Works has new compliance officer

Derek Howard was recently hired by the City of Manassas Department of Public Works as the new compliance officer. He will be responsible for, among other things, ensuring safe drinking water in the city.

Howard has been a chemist and environmental specialist for more than 20 years.

This year, in an effort to be environmentally conscious, the water quality report will not be mailed to customers, said Mike Moon, Manassas’s director of public works and utilities. The 2012 report is available online at For information, call 703-257-8245.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane