Police Chief-City of Harrisonburg (VA)

The Position
The City of Harrisonburg’s next Police Chief will lead a VLEPSC-accredited department with a stellar record and strong community and interfaith relationships in an energetic college town within the central Shenandoah Valley. Harrisonburg, known far and wide as “The Friendly City” due to the caring reputation of its staff and residents, enjoys the presence of two universities, lively neighborhoods, an arts and cultural district, culinary district, and spectacular outdoor recreation spots nearby. The City has a history of an effective government that is fiscally sound, has stability in its leadership, interacts with an engaged citizenry, and provides exceptional services.

The Police Chief reports directly to the City Manager and works closely with the Deputy City Manager and all department directors. In the current structure, the Police Chief’s direct reports are a deputy chief, three captains, a professional standards/internal affairs sergeant, senior program support specialist, administrative assistant, and two chaplains. The position is open following two years of service from the previous Police Chief.

Experience and Education
Minimum requirements include ten (10) years of experience as a police officer, including at least five (5) years of experience in supervision and management in a command rank or higher, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police administration, psychology, or related field OR equivalent years of command-level experience.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, specialized training such as the FBI National Academy, CLEE (Certified Law Enforcement Executive), or the Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville, and experience in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Other preferred qualifications include a demonstrated commitment to the community, change leadership, extensive knowledge of community-oriented policing techniques, experience working in a college town and a multi-racial and multi-cultural community, and the ability to attract and retain a well-qualified and diverse workforce. The successful applicant must pass a background investigation, credit check, DMV review, and the City-mandated drug and alcohol testing. The position requires possession of a driver’s license valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Applicants must possess a Department of Criminal Justice Services law enforcement certification within 12 months of hire or be granted a waiver.

The expected hiring range is $115,000 – $125,000 with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at https://bit.ly/3uqV6zy. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on March 26, 2021.