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Chief of Police

Location: Williamsburg, VA


Williamsburg Police Department


Open until filled.

Job Description / Responsibilities

If you are a history buff, love the “Town and Gown” partnership, and embrace the economic driver of tourism while understanding the unique public safety opportunities that come from such a combination, then becoming the next Chief of Police for the iconic City of Williamsburg, VA, may be for you.

Operating under a Council-Manager form of government, the City seeks a visionary, tech savvy Chief of Police to lead their long-time CALEA-accredited agency.  The City, with its unique blend of history, tourism, College and small town feel, has the gift of a small year round population with the challenges and opportunities from millions of visitors a year. The right Chief will embrace and deliver on the mission: "Williamsburg will become an evermore safe, beautiful, livable city of historic and academic renown, served by a city government -- cohesively led, financially strong, always improving and innovating -- in full partnership with the people who live, work and visit here."

The Community
Founded in 1632, Williamsburg is an independent city in Virginia with a rich and storied history in our Nation’s governance.  With nearly 15K year round residents, the population of Williamsburg includes the 8,200 students of the College of William and Mary and serves over 1 million tourist visitors per year. The tourism-based economy includes Colonial Williamsburg as well as many high profile special events including the opening of the Virginia Legislature, frequent visits from world leaders, Congress and the President of the United States.  The City and its Council are committed to advancing human rights and economic justice. Residents are encouraged to participate in public life and the “Great Debate” in discovering the right balance between core values and civil protests are not discouraged. In addition, the City is committed to promoting numerous festivals and special events throughout the year, many of which are free of charge and attract thousands of attendees. This engagement presents multiple opportunities for partnership and creativity that challenge City leaders to provide impeccable services with limited staffing. Located on the Virginia Peninsula and bordered by the counties of James City and York, Williamsburg is in the northern part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Colonial Williamsburg, the restored Historic Area of the city, drives the city’s tourism based economy. Located along I-64 with easy access to Richmond, Washington DC and the coast, Williamsburg has the benefit of small town feel with access to big City amenities.

About the Position and Department:
The Police Department is located in the heart of city. The position is open due to retirement and the next Chief must embrace 21st Century Policing strategies, as well as support the value of CALEA accreditation.  Partnerships with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are crucial to the success of the department.  Additionally, a strong relationship with the Cities’ Parks and Recreation, Human Services (Social Services), and Code Compliance staff are necessary to take advantage of the many services each area can provide for quality of life. The Council and Administration have comprehensive Goals and Initiatives and monitors key performance indicators, including those of public safety, thus a data driven leader with openness to technology is essential.  To view the dashboard, click here:

The department is organized into three (3) bureaus– Uniform Patrol, Investigations, and Support Services. Additionally, the department administers the parking function for the City and is a member in a Regional Communications Center. The Williamsburg Police Department consists of 45 positions (37 sworn) and has an adopted Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget of more than $4.3M. Upcoming opportunities include the current review and planning for a renovated police station or combined public safety center, refining the current body camera policies with regard to records access, building a diverse department staff while working on retention and staff development, and managing existing relationships with community leaders.

The City of Williamsburg is offering a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience with a salary range of $99,833.64 to $164,725.51. The City also has an outstanding benefits package, with low employee contributions for health, dental, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, group life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance plans, 457 Plan, and paid time off, among others.


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.

The successful candidate:

  • Is an individual with impeccable integrity and a proven record of consistency in managing both internal and external relationships to mitigate challenges and maximize opportunities;
  • Has a track record of working in a tourist driven economy which includes one or more academic institutions;
  • Has a successful track record in developing and supporting staff to achieve excellence and proactive service delivery through increased training, responsibility, productivity, morale and retention;
  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge of police administration, including expertise in 21st Century Policing, CALEA accreditation, community & campus oriented policing strategies, narcotic use and crime, intervention, prevention and suppression.
  • "Walks the talk" on community oriented policing initiatives and holds staff accountable for same;
  • Is tech savvy, understanding how to embrace new technologies to enhance policing but also to engage and involve the community;
  • Understands the significance of diversity within all aspects of the Department and has a proven track record of developing innovative solutions to attracting, retaining and promoting diversity;
  • Has experience working in a council-manager form of government and skills in navigating the complexities of varying roles; 
  • Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with community organizations including other law enforcement organizations, local colleges and universities, other municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and human services, among others, in order to leverage resources and maximize quality of life opportunities.
  • Has held multiple assignments across functional management areas;
  • Is skilled in budget development and management, creative resource development and advocacy; policy development and application and progressive public safety strategies;
  • Reaches out to staff and citizens alike by being accessible, engaged and visible;
  • Is an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing possessing well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities;
  • Uses facilitative and collaborative approaches in leading cohesive and systematic change;
  • Is a strategic business thinker with significant breadth in the law enforcement competency areas of intelligence-led and community policing, geographic districting, and other modern law enforcement practices;
  • Is a results oriented project manager who can effectively incorporate the input of multiple stakeholders who often hold divergent views and agendas; and
  • Is a highly accomplished law enforcement leader who thrives in a culture of high performance expectations and personal accountability with a track record of developing the same traits among departmental staff members.


How to Apply

To apply, please go to and then the "Police Chief – Williamsburg, VA" link. All applications must be submitted online.

All inquiries should be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We encourage applicants to apply by April 3, 2017. An assessment center will be held May 4-5, 2017 in Williamsburg, VA for selected finalists.

The City of Williamsburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

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