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Posted on: April 12, 2017

Christiansburg Town Manager Steve Biggs passes away

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Christiansburg Town Manager Steve Biggs passed away Wednesday, April 12, at 3:41 a.m.

Biggs was hospitalized Tuesday, April 11, after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At approximately 12:07 a.m. that morning, a call was made to the New River Valley Regional 911 Center in reference to a possible suicidal subject at 10 Montague Street in Christiansburg.

Upon arrival, Christiansburg Police officers and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies made multiple attempts to contact the individual inside the apartment. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office secured the scene and evacuated the residents of the nearby apartment units.

At approximately 3:54 a.m., officers and deputies heard one gunshot from inside the residence. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office emergency response team entered the residence and located Biggs.

He was transported by ambulance to LewisGale Hospital Montgomery and then flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The Virginia State Police will be handling the investigation into the incident. 

Assistant Town Manager Randy Wingfield, who is serving as interim town manager, sent the following comments to all town staff via email on April 12: "I was proud to have worked for Steve, and I learned much from him in terms of leadership, team building and public outreach. He has laid a solid foundation for the Town to use and built momentum that we can rightfully continue in his honor. I want to thank staff for all of the support you have shown. I also want you to know that Town Council fully supports staff going forward. We will get through this difficult time and have a better tomorrow in part because of the focus and direction of Steve."

Mayor Mike Barber added, "Town Council and I are heartbroken this morning to learn of Steve’s passing. We met last night in a closed session to begin the healing process together and discuss the direction of the Town moving forward. We are confident in the leadership of Randy Wingfield, who is now serving as interim town manager, and of the leadership of all of our department heads. Steve leaves behind a progressive and proactive legacy, and we will work hard to honor and build upon all that he started. Town Council and I are keeping Steve’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers."