The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is assisting the Town of Leesburg (VA) in the search for the next Chief of Police of the Leesburg Police Department.

Deadline to apply is March 10, 2023. Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to Please include Town of Leesburg Police Chief Executive Search” in the subject line.

This position involves highly responsible managerial and administrative work in planning, organizing, and directing activities of the Leesburg Police Department. The chief of police is responsible for the administration and coordination of all police department functions and activities and involves budgetary responsibility; public and media relations; establishing departmental philosophy and direction; and managing facilities and equipment in compliance with Town of Leesburg policies and department general orders, policies, and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
§ Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police administration and police methods
§ Standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated
§ Understanding of the principles and methods of organizational leadership, management, and supervision
§ Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern emergency preparedness methods
§ Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of employees performing varied operations connected with police activities
§ Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
§ Ability and capacity to be adaptive and flexible
§ Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine proper courses of action
§ Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, the media, law enforcement agencies, and government officials
§ Understanding of complex urban-suburban environments
§ Understanding of the functions of other governmental jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to police work

Needs and Expectations
§ Lead the Leesburg Police Department through the VLESPC reaccreditation process
§ Demonstrate a commitment to training and adherence to standards
§ Ensure fair, safe, and effective community policing and a police force deeply engaged with the community
§ Have a clear and unified vision for the department
§ Ensure the highest level of responsiveness, transparency, accountability, empathy, and compassion.

Recruitment Qualifications
§ Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in police science, criminal justice, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
§ 10 years of law enforcement experience with 5-7 years at the command level (Lieutenant or above)
§ Possession of a driver’s license and a safe driving record
§ Maintain, or be able to obtain, certification as a Police Officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia

§ Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field
§ Demonstration of ongoing professional development
§ Experience with obtaining and maintaining state and national accreditation for a department
§ Involvement and experience with a criminal justice academy Board
§ Bilingual English/Spanish

Salary and Benefits
The hiring range is anticipated to be $185,000 to $200,000 per year commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes coverage under the Virginia Retirement System (VRS).

The Town of Leesburg is an equal opportunity employer.

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