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Chief of Police / Town Sergeant

Location: Occoquan, VA


Town of Occoquan Police Department


March 31, 2017 by 11:59 pm

Job Description / Responsibilities

The Town of Occoquan is seeking an innovative, energetic, experienced, and highly effective leader with a focus and proven history of successful small town policing. The incoming Chief will be responsible for maintaining a safe and welcoming environment within the town’s residential and business communities. In addition, the incoming Chief will be responsible for evaluating and assessing the department’s current practices, policies, and programs, and developing and presenting an assessment of the department based on the needs of the community, department capabilities, and input from the Town Council and other stakeholders, that focuses on the future of the department and community.     

This is a “working” position in that the incoming Chief will provide enforcement duties, as well as the administrative duties associated with the position.  To that end, the ideal candidate will have expertise in all facets of law enforcement and crime prevention.  The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills and be willing to participate in community service, public relations activities, and various events that are hosted by or in the town.  The ideal candidate will also have a proven record of building and maintaining cooperative, collaborative, and positive relationships with the community, and with local and regional law enforcement agencies. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience with managing and developing personnel, budgets, policies, and programs, and have significant experience in community policing practices. Local law enforcement experience and patrol experience is sought, as well as grant writing experience. The successful candidate will be accessible, diplomatic, and establish themselves as a credible community leader and community resource.

Occoquan is home to approximately 1,025 residents and is 0.2 square miles in size consisting of a historic waterfront commercial district with mostly retail and small independently owned businesses, and low, medium, and high density residential. Occoquan is located within Prince William County on the border of Fairfax County and is 25 miles south of Washington DC. The Town of Occoquan is governed by a five-member Council and Mayor who are elected at-large during even-numbered years. The Town Council sets the policy and direction of the Town and the Town Manager, appointed by the Council, serves as the administrative head and is responsible for the day-to-day activities and policy implementation. The Town is staffed by a total of seven positions covering a variety of municipal services including financial, public safety, public works, parks, events, building services, and administration. The Police Department currently consists of one full-time Chief and a volunteer auxiliary police officer program. The Town has some shared services with the County including fire, police, and sheriff, among others.


High School diploma or GED required; bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field from an accredited college or university preferred. At least ten (10) years of uniformed law enforcement experience, with a minimum of three (3) years of senior or executive level experience (Lieutenant or above depending on the organizational structure), or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. A valid State Driver’s License and Virginia DCJS Law Enforcement Certification is required. Experience with a town or city law enforcement agency is preferred. This position is appointed by the Town Council and reports to the Town Manager.

Physical strength, agility, dexterity, and acuity of vision (corrected) and hearing required to successfully pass a medical physical for police work; interest in working in a small community; disposition to deal sensitively and professionally in all aspects of policing.  Demonstrated experience in community policing.

Candidates must pass a background investigation, including criminal history, credit, and driver’s license check, physical examination which includes a drug screening, and psychological examination. All examinations will be arranged and paid for by the Town of Occoquan.


How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, salary history, résumé and five professional references to:

Kirstyn Jovanovich
Town Manager
314 Mill Street, PO Box 195
Occoquan, VA 22125
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The Town of Occoquan is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and is fully committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. The Town maintains and promotes equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with relevant state and federal laws. The Town will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical or mental disability unrelated to the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

More Information

Position Opens: March 10, 2017
Position Closes: March 31, 2017

Position Type: Full Time, Exempt
Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
Benefits: Partial benefits
Job Category: Police
Job Location: Occoquan, VA

314 Mill Street, PO Box 195
Occoquan, VA 22125

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