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Chief of Police

Location: Smithfield, VA


Town of Smithfield Police Department


May 7, 2017 by 11:59 pm

Job Description / Responsibilities

Operating under a Council-Manager form of government, the Town seeks an innovative, experienced and proactive Chief of Police who will foster collaborative relationships within the organization and the community at large. 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 the public face of the Smithfield Police Department, and as an individual who is actively involved in building a better and safer Smithfield community. The Chief of Police is expected to embrace and deliver on the mission: “…to provide the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Town of Smithfield a dynamic, responsive, professional police department that forms a partnership with the community in order to preserve law and order, and achieve mutually beneficial goals and objectives, and provide security and safety services in the most efficient and effective manner.”

The Community
Located on the banks of the Pagan River in Isle of Wight County, Smithfield was first colonized in 1634.  Currently the Town has an approximate population of 8,364 and is approximately 10.1 square miles in size.  Smithfield offers residents a small-town atmosphere, a good school system, affordable housing and a historic downtown.  Once a commercial center for shipping, Smithfield has evolved to host one of the largest meat-processing industries as well as the home to one of Hampton Roads’ largest employers, Smithfield Foods, Inc.  Smithfield’s Historic District boasts over 70 buildings of exceptional architectural importance, including residences of the Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods. 

About the Smithfield Police Department
The Smithfield Police Department is an accredited agency and maintains the highest standards established for professional law enforcement agencies.  The Department consists of a Chief of Police, a Deputy Chief of Police, 2 Lieutenants, 5 Sergeants, a Crime Prevention Specialist, 12 Police Officers and 4 Administrative Staff. The Department is a full-service agency and provides a wide range of services normally associated with much larger departments.  They include a variety of specialty teams such as a bicycle patrol, police boat, motorcycle unit, and emergency response teams.

The Department is involved in a variety of crime prevention programs that encourage the use of strategies to eliminate or reduce the opportunity for crime. These include numerous educational programs and school resource activities that facilitate intervention strategies specifically for youth. Additionally, the Department provides a variety of crime prevention programs tailored for both business and homeowners that emphasize safety and reduction of criminal opportunity. The Department maintains strong professional affiliations with federal, state and local agencies in a variety of regional and intra-agency services.

About the Position
The Following attitudes, capabilities and demonstrated skills are essential to serve effectively as the Chief of Police in the Town of Smithfield. Key duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Defines and communicates Police operational and strategic information and communicates same to Town Manager, and Town Council.
  • Enhance commitment to community policing by engaging the Town’s leadership, Police Department and public as co-producers of safety.
  • 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 that foster an environment of public trust and confidence.
  • Assesses, develops and implements innovative 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 ordinances.
  • Cultivates positive community relations by interacting with civic and community groups
  • Performs general law enforcement work and receives and responds to 911 calls as dictated by staffing, unusual circumstances or workload demands.
  • Maintains and builds morale within the Department.
  • Must serve on an -on-call basis 24 hours a day in order to respond to emergencies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

The Town of Smithfield is offering a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience with a salary range of $83,717 - $129,852. The Town also has a competitive benefits backage including health insurance, dental insurance, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, grou life insurance, short and long term disability plans, and paid time off among others.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice, public administration or closely related field is required.
  • Must have six to ten (6-10) years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience to include patrol, investigations and supervision.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Virginia Drivers’ License.
  • Must embrace and practice the principles of Community Policing.
  • Must possess active firearms certification, CPR and first aid certification, and law enforcement certification.  Prior to final selection, candidate must qualify with the department issued firearm.
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to serve on an on-call basis 24 hours per day to respond to emergencies.
  • Must be a graduate of a recognized law enforcement leadership institute of the United States.
  • Must have no felony convictions.
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience in public and media relations.
  • Must be a team and relationship builder.
  • Experience in financial management and budgeting.
  • Residency in the Town of Smithfield or immediate surrounding area is preferred.

How to Apply

Apply online at Résumés should accompany completed applications and should be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Applications will be accepted through May 8, 2017.

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