Group’s leader charged with DWI
By James Peacemaker Jr. Managing Editor
Jan 9, 2014, 15:54
HOPEWELL — The head of a Chesterfield organization that helps fight substance abuse has resigned after being charged with driving while intoxicated.
Glenn Wayne Frith, of Hopewell, was arrested Nov. 27 in Hopewell, according to online court records. He is set to appear in Hopewell General District Court on Feb. 25.
The Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc. Board of Directors accepted his resignation from the position of executive director, according to a statement from the group. It said Frith cited personal needs as his reason.
“We appreciate Mr. Frith’s outstanding contributions to SAFE and the community and wish him the very best. Under his leadership, SAFE was named as being one of the outstanding coalitions in the nation,” said SAFE Inc. Board Chair Glen Miller.
Regina Whitsett has been appointed as the group’s interim executive director.
SAFE has been serving Chesterfield since 1999, according to its website. The award-winning nonprofit builds partnerships and leadership to combat substance abuse, especially among young people. SAFE recently partnered with Chesterfield and state police to increase DUI enforcement and created a commercial to raise awareness of the cost of a DUI.
In a YouTube video from 2012, Frith spoke to the Caroline County’s McShinn Foundation, telling them how he was an alcoholic and the troubles it has caused in his life.
“I lost a couple of marriages, got estranged from some children, lost a whole bunch of money,” he said.
He said he has a passion for not letting other people have the same problems he did. He said he worked in juvenile justice for nearly 30 years and was in charge of a lock-up facility. He explained how he had to go into treatment and lost that job years ago.
“I certainly have seen the destruction in many, many lives,” he said.