City of Chesapeake, Virginia, is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as Chief of Police. The City desires a forward-thinking leader with a demonstrated commitment to community-oriented policing and a track record of ethical and effective management.

Chesapeake is located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, bordering North Carolina. It is the second largest city in Virginia in both land area (353 square miles) and population (estimated 250,000) yet maintains the perfect balance between big-city services with small-town charm. Chesapeake is a diverse, culturally rich community with safe neighborhoods and high-quality schools. It sits in close proximity to the world’s largest naval base and is conveniently located within 20 minutes of the Atlantic oceanfront, 15 minutes from downtown Norfolk, and an hour from Colonial Williamsburg and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government, with the City Manager having oversight for daily operations. The City government employs approximately 3,500 people in more than 30 departments with a net budget of $1.47 billion.

The Chief of Police is responsible for overseeing the City’s Police Department which comprises 6 precincts, an Animal Control Division, an Emergency Communications Center, and the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy. In total, the department contains a personnel complement of over 600 full-time and part-time positions (405 sworn), with a command staff of one Deputy Chief and three Majors.

The Chief serves as a strategic partner with the City Manager’s Office to establish goals and objectives focused on the safety and security of the community. The Chief is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of policies, programs, and practices that best serve the needs of the citizens of Chesapeake.

The ideal candidate will be a highly experienced, innovative, and engaging law enforcement professional who will embrace and cultivate a culture of community engagement. An example of such engagement is the program, Serve the City, which is a unique partnership between the Chesapeake Police Department and faith-based organizations, building bridges of trust between community groups and law enforcement personnel. The ideal Chief will continue to foster such relationships and seek to expand the Department’s community connections, balancing law enforcement and community engagement, being comfortable in both roles.

The City is seeking a collaborative leader with proven executive experience, strong interpersonal skills, and a core belief in customer service. The candidate must be a servant leader and an effective communicator who will continue to build upon the positive organizational climate and morale as well as the high standards that exist within the Department. The ideal Chief will be a proactive individual with a strong work ethic who will anticipate challenges, recommend innovative solutions, and deliver positive outcomes.

Competitive candidates will possess the following attributes:
• Proven track record of success in a comparable community and a demonstrable commitment to equity and inclusion.
• A firm grasp of municipal law enforcement methods and the willingness to adapt to evolving standards and practices in accordance with community needs and expectations.
• Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with elected officials, business and community leaders, advisory boards, the news media, and the general public.
• An exceptional communicator with the ability to inspire credibility and public trust and interact respectfully with citizens from all backgrounds.
• Ability to negotiate agreements and/or reach consensus among diverse interests.
• Respected mentor skilled in identifying, developing, and collaborating with high-quality staff to achieve effective and efficient service delivery.
• Ability to attract and retain a diverse staff of sworn and civilian staff that reflects the community.
• Leads as a positive role model for customer service, ethical behavior, transparency, dispute resolution, and problem-solving, fostering a culture that values and respects all members of the team and the community.

• Ensures the department provides courteous and expedient customer service to the general public and City department staff.
• Advises and assists crime victims, the general public, subordinates, or others in law enforcement with understanding and developing policy or procedures governing City responses to emergency management, community policing, crime control, prevention, and other matters of mutual concern.
• Coordinates municipal law enforcement activities with those of other agencies; establishes and maintains mutually productive working relationships with residents, community/business groups, and other criminal justice organizations.
• Selects department employees; plans and organizes work; develops and establishes work methods and standards; conducts or directs staff training and development; maintains effective department discipline and morale; reviews and evaluates employee performance; executes disciplinary action.
• Develops and submits the budget for the Police Department; originates and implements organization and staffing patterns to effectively address operational needs.
• Maintains high visibility and accessibility to the community to achieve positive interaction and understanding; represents the City, or delegates such authority, in relations with the community, local, state, and federal agencies, and professional organizations.

• Bachelor’s degree in police science, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, public administration, or a similar field. Master’s degree preferred.
• Minimum of fifteen (15) years of law enforcement experience and five (5) years of progressively responsible supervisory and leadership experience in a command level position of Captain or higher rank in a similar sized agency.
• DCJS Certified or able to obtain certification within 6 months.
• Professional training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern Center for Public Safety, or similar.

The position offers a highly competitive salary commensurate with experience.

The City of Chesapeake offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, group life insurance, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, and much more!

Candidates should apply with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references by July 29, 2022, to to the attention of Jon Fehlman, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Electronic submissions are required. Email or telephone inquiries may be directed to Jon Fehlman at: 615.692.9264 or

Chesapeake is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and values diversity at all levels of our workforce.