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Chief of Police

Location: Lexington, VA


Lexington Police Department


Open until filled.

Job Description / Responsibilities

The City of Lexington is seeking an innovative, experienced, proactive leader who will foster collaborative relationships within the organization and the community at large. The incoming chief will be tasked with maintaining a safe and vibrant community through partnerships, planning and prevention. The chief will implement existing community policing and is expected to be on the leading edge of public safety innovation. The Chief of Police leads at several levels: as a member of the organization’s leadership team, as the leader and public face of the Lexington Police Department, and as an individual who is actively involved in building a better and safer Lexington community. The position was created by the resignation of the incumbent after more than six years as the Chief.

Strong expertise in all facets of law enforcement and crime prevention is sought, the selected candidate will also have excellent leadership and administrative skills, outstanding communication and presentation skills, and the ability to solve problems. The candidate will possess a personal and professional background that can withstand extensive scrutiny. Candidates must demonstrate a track record of professionalism and integrity, striving for the highest ideals of public service and personal conduct. The Police Chief is expected to build and maintain relationships with VMI, W&L, Buena Vista, Virginia State Police and the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office.

The selected candidate will be fair and equitable, able and willing to listen to the staff and the community, and be comfortable working with a diverse population. The Chief must be willing to hold him/herself and others accountable for an exemplary record of customer service and interaction with the community. The ideal candidate will be accessible, diplomatic and direct, establishing themselves as a credible community leader and community resource. Experience in a state/nationally accredited organization is preferred. Candidates are expected to be flexible, responsive to the needs of the entire Lexington community while managing a wide range of tactical and strategic issues simultaneously. The department is made up of highly trained officers. Candidates should be comfortable working in, and interacting with, an involved, welcoming university community.


Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $75,000-$86,350 depending on qualifications and experience. The City provides an excellent benefits package which includes participation in the Virginia Retirement System. The recruitment profile is available at


Required Qualifications

A minimum of ten years law enforcement experience in a state, local or county police environment, with no less than seven years of progressively responsible supervisory service.

The Chief shall have a Master’s degree or a four-year degree in Criminal Justice or a related field from an accredited college or university. (Under certain conditions, the educational requirements can be waived based on a combination of education and experience).

Preferred Qualifications

Virginia Law Enforcement Certificate preferred. Preference may be given to candidates who have completed nationally recognized advanced leadership training, such as the FBI National Academy or similar program.

Experience with a city or county law enforcement agency is highly preferred, as is experience at the level of chief, assistant/deputy chief or equivalent.

The following attitudes, capabilities and demonstrated skills are essential to serve effectively as the Chief of Police in the City of Lexington. Key duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A personal and professional commitment to the highest standards of ethical behavior and leadership which will motivate others and set standards for high performance
  • Embraces the best policing strategies, management practices, and the development of skills in the workforce that promote visionary leadership throughout the organization and a well-trained, professional and customer service oriented workforce that will provide excellent police service
  • Prevents and reduces crime and conditions that create social disorder by provisioning a full range of high-quality police services that foster an environment of public trust and confidence
  • Enhances commitment to community policing by engaging the City’s leadership, Police Department and public as co-producers of public safety
  • Assesses, develops and implements innovative technological solutions, policies, and procedures, and organizational systems that result in excellent police practices
  • Plans, directs, supervises and coordinates the activities of the Police Department personnel in preserving order, protecting life and property, and in enforcing laws and municipal ordinances
  • Forging effective professional intergovernmental relationships with other public safety officials including the state, VMI, W&L, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Department and Buena Vista
  • Cultivates positive community relations by interacting with civic and community groups; is approachable by the staff and public

The ideal candidate for Lexington’s next Police Chief will have a broad and varied professional background which demonstrates success in working with diverse communities while leading a professional law enforcement agency engaged in proactive community policing.

  • Experience in financial management, budgeting, innovative practices in police operations, and City of Lexington, Virginia 6 Executive Search – Police Chief information technology in a police-related environment
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills
  • State of the art enforcement practices. Staff development, training, and community policing
  • Skill in working with citizens, neighborhoods and the public in a diverse community

The City of Lexington is seeking candidates with a strong commitment and interest in:

  • Fair, consistent and equitable treatment of all residents, students and visitors
  • Absolute and unwavering integrity and honesty, both on and off the job. An understanding and appreciation for the political process without personal involvement in politics; respect for others
  • Recognition of Lexington’s uniqueness
  • Modern principles, practices and techniques of police administration, organization and operation
  • A vision that positions the department for today and for the future
  • Recruits and retains new, diverse officers and keeps officers motivated and challenged
  • Fits into a cohesive police department team. Is an advocate for and supports the officers, staff and their families; supports training and delegation. Coaches and mentors new officers and supports career development

How to Apply

This position is open until filled.

Please send a cover letter, completed City employment application, salary history, and five (5) professional references to:

Noah A. Simon, City Manager
City of Lexington
300 East Washington Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Submissions can be sent via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Email submissions will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Applicants selected as finalist for this position will be subject to a criminal history/credit/driver’s license check prior to interview. After a review process, which may include a phone interview, a detailed background check, and a drug and alcohol screening will be conducted those candidates who are determined to be best suited for the position. The finalist will be interviewed in the City of Lexington.

For questions or to request an accommodation, please call 540.462.3700.

The City of Lexington, Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.