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Chief of Police

Location: Danville, VA


Danville Police Department


October 30, 2017 by 11:59 pm

Job Description / Responsibilities

The City of Danville, is seeking a Chief of Police to lead a dynamic and diverse, accredited Police Department. The police chief will be a transformative and visionary leader with a focus on community engagement as well as increasing trust and partnerships.  The Chief of Police is the public face of the Danville Police Department and must be able to foster effective relationships with the community, elected officials, City administration, the command staff, supervisors, officers and civilian members of the department.  Possessing outstanding communication, advocacy and strategic thinking skills, the successful candidate will be a creative and proactive law enforcement professional with a proven track record in effective change management, 21st Century Policing, and innovative strategic leadership. Danville is a community that values diversity and demands an exceptional leader to be its next Police Chief. 

The Community:
With a population of about 43,000, and located in the Piedmont region of south-central Virginia along the North Carolina border, Danville, offers small-town charm as well as the advantages of a city overflowing with energy. It sits strategically on the banks of the beautiful Dan River and has taken advantage of this setting by developing the Danville River District.  The area offers a wide variety of activities including festivals, special events, concerts, the Danville Braves minor league baseball team, and many outdoor activities. Danville’s history includes being a regional hub for tobacco and textiles.  As those industries declined, Danville has reinvented itself to have economic diversity. The community is the home to key employers in manufacturing (e.g. Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Nestle, EBI and IKEA), service (Telvista), Finance (CIT Commercial) and Healthcare (SOVAH, Roman Eagle Memorial).  Further, higher education institutions such as Averett University and Danville Community College offer continuing education and learning options in the region.  Demographically, the city is 48% Caucasian, 48% African American and 3% Hispanics of any race.  With over 50% of the population under 45 years old and one-third under 25, the City continues to work hard to develop and promote quality of life choices for all ages with focused efforts in K-12 schools, job training, economic development, employment and recreation. View a short video about the City:

City Government, Police Department and Position Overview: 
Danville is an independent city in the Commonwealth and operates under a Council/Manager form of government. The City has a total budget of $287M and approximately 1100 employees working across 13 departments.  The Police Chief reports to the City Manager.  The individual selected to be the next Chief of Police will lead a Department of approximately 131 sworn and 13 full-time and 12 part-time non-sworn employees with an annual budget of $16.8M.  Employees work among four divisions:  Operations, Services, Professional Standards and the Police Chaplain.   Unique to many departments, the Danville Police Chief will also oversee Adult and Juvenile detention facilities and animal control.  Adult Detention has 36 sworn and 2 non-sworn employees and Juvenile Detention has 49 full-time and 12 part-time non-sworn employees.

The motto of the Danville Police Department is “Deeds Not Words”.   To live up to that motto requires the vision of being a progressive law enforcement agency committed to reducing crime by providing quality of service, fostering public confidence and maintaining the highest standards of excellence as a community partner for effective change.  A demonstrated commitment to Community Oriented Policing (COP)  with documented successes will be an essential criterion of selection for the next Chief.   Competitive candidates will have a history of  “walking the talk” in addressing the complexity of reasons for crime including the need to embrace and include the COP philosophy throughout the department and in every position, setting high standards of accountability for balancing law enforcement strategies with collaborative engagement, and proactively establishing and negotiating innovative partnerships to solve community problems.   

A challenge is that Danville’s violent crime rate has seen an uptick in the last two years.  Gangs are a significant issue and source of crime and concern for the City. The next chief must have experience effectively and successfully tackling this problem using multiple methods that go beyond law enforcement strategies alone. This is a crucial challenge the Chief will be faced with and s/he must play a vital and visible role in working across the community to problem solve, collaborate and create successful coalitions.   The Chief is expected to play a proactive role in the criminal justice system to create a path for the Danville Police Department to be a leader in building trust and relationships that create effective responses to reduce crime statistics and ensure a secure and safe quality of life for all in this lovely community.

A detailed description of the police department can be found at Additional information about the City can be found at

Salary & Benefits
The hiring range is $115,000 -$149,476 annually. Starting salary will depend on experience and qualifications. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Visit to learn more.

There is a residency requirement to live within the corporate city limits of Danville within 18 months of appointment to the position.



The Successful Candidate is:

  • skilled in developing trust among members of the community and the police department while leveraging opportunities for collaborative problem solving and partnerships;
  • an individual with impeccable integrity and a proven record of consistency in managing both internal and external relationships to mitigate challenges and maximize opportunities;
  • one who embraces a community of diversity and who proactively brings members with conflicting values and cultures together using innovative solutions;
  • is an outstanding communicator who speaks clearly, assertively and transparently with internal and external stakeholders;
  • a leader experienced in community-oriented policing strategies and initiatives both with staff and the community;
  • experienced working in council-manager form of government and has expert skills in navigating the complexities of varying roles (e.g. need for building relationships, educating Council, clear communication, reestablishing trust);
  • effectively and creatively advocates for staff resources such as training, equipment and compensation, in order to positively impact recruitment and retention, while managing within a resource constrained environment;
  • able to demonstrate personal responsibility and leadership initiative that led to crime reduction and strong community relationships in current or past positions;
  • proactive in developing and supporting staff to achieve excellence through increased training, responsibility, productivity, morale and retention;
  • experienced across functional areas such as accreditation, patrol, support investigations, SET, K-9, or other specialized units;
  • knowledgeable regarding the use of intelligence-led policing and technology to predict and prevent crime, geographic service areas, problem oriented and community oriented policing;
  • consistently updating personal knowledge regarding public policy, public perception and law enforcement trends (e.g. body cameras);
  • skilled in budget development and management, policy development and application, progressive policing strategies and maintenance of effective service levels despite resource constraints;
  • engaged, accessible and visible within and across departments and in the community;
  • appreciative of the significance of diversity within all aspects of the department and community and has developed innovative solutions to attracting, retaining and promoting diversity;
  • an outstanding communicator verbally and in writing and possesses well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities;
  • goal oriented, possessing high standards of self and others, thriving in a culture of high performance expectations and personal accountability.

The position requires a bachelors’ degree in criminal justice, public administration or closely related field; Master’s degree and advance training desirable (such as the FBI National Academy or Southern Police Institute).

Must have ten (10) years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience to include patrol, criminal investigations, supervision and top departmental management, including at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible management experience at the rank of Captain or higher; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Must possess and maintain (or be qualified and willing to timely obtain the required police chief certifications through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Must also possess and maintain a valid Virginia driver's license.

How to Apply

To confidentially apply for this position, please go to, click “Client Openings”, and then the Chief of Police - Danville link. All applications must be fully completed and submitted via the online portal.

The position will close October 30th.

An assessment center will be held December 7-8 in Danville for selected semi-finalists.  All inquiries should be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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