Halifax County Animal Control Chief Warden Todd Moser has not worked for the county since last week.

Halifax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Hubert Pannell told The Gazette-Virginian on Wednesday that Moser resigned and Pannell expressed his dissatisfaction with the way things have been handled.

“He should have been terminated immediately,” Pannell said.

When asked to elaborate on why he thought Moser should be terminated, Pannell said he could comment on any pending investigations, but that due to the “seriousness of what Moser may or may not” have done he felt that should have resulted in immediate termination.

Earlier this week, another publication published a story that cited an email to the board of supervisors that outlined a probe by Virginia State Police into embezzlement of county funds.

County administrator Scott Simpson also said Wednesday that Moser had not been working for the county as of Friday, Sept. 10. He would not confirm if Moser resigned.

“I’ll just say he’s no longer with the county,” said Simpson.

The county administrator also said he could not comment on potential state police investigations and that he typically does not comment on personnel matters.

Over the next few weeks, he said county staff would work to advertise for the animal control position.

The news of Moser no longer working for the county also comes days after he resigned from his position on the Halifax County School Board.

In his resignation from the school board, superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg read a letter from Moser that said he was resigning due to personal and health reasons.

Moser worked in local law enforcement for 26 years before taking on the role as warden. 

He also had served on the school board since 2017 and took on the role of chairman in 2020 and then vice chairman this year.