Halifax police officer Malcolm Bowen has been elected to Halifax Town Council. Bowen garnered 31 write-in votes for the uncontested at-large seat currently held by councilman Bill Confroy, who did not seek re-election. His term on council begins Jan. 1.

Although Bowen will play a dual role in serving his community as both a Halifax police officer and town councilman for the next four years, he said he is up to the challenge.

“I’m excited and thank everyone who took the time to write me in and pushed me to do this,” Bowen said. “Even though it’s going to be a difficult task to juggle this role on town council and my role with the police department, it’s that service that I want to give to the community that I live in to impact it in a positive way.”

At the age of 30, Bowen will be the youngest member of the Halifax Town Council, next to councilman Michael “Mike” Trent, a Halifax attorney who was just elected to another term on council.

“I’m trying to follow in his steps, and he’s an inspiration to me,” Bowen said, of Trent. He added his decision to throw his name in the hat for the at-large town council seat was inspired by conversations with citizens in town who said they would like to see him become a member of town council and talks with Trent.

“It’s an opportunity to have a young voice on the council,” Bowen said.

Prior to being elected to town council, Bowen has served on various committees and community groups.

He is a member of the Halifax/ South Boston Unity Project, a community group that has conversations revolving around social justice, and two “Here’s Halifax!” working groups: traffic, parking and pedestrian connections and beautification and greenspace.

“I’m a transplant to the town, and I want to see it grow and revitalize it,” Bowen commented. “I want to try to help keep the businesses that we have here and bring in new businesses.”

Bowen is a native of Callands. He started his career with the Danville Police Department and joined the Halifax Police Department four years ago. He said he liked the Halifax community and friendliness of its residents from day one.

“I talked with the police chief and was given a job offer, and everyone was welcoming me to the town,” Bowen recalled. “It’s been a very positive energy from everybody.”

Serving as a member of both the town council and the town’s police department is a challenge that Bowen said he plans to take “one day at a time.”

While he is on duty in his role as a Halifax police officer, Bowen said he would be completely focused on and committed to that role, putting town council business aside.

While wearing his hat as a town councilman, Bowen said he would abstain from voting on matters concerning the police department in order to keep his two roles separate.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at mbaines@gazettevirginian.com.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at mbaines@gazettevirginian.com.