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Police Chief

Location: Charlottesville, VA


Charlottesville Police Department


January 31, 2018 by 5:00 pm

Job Description / Responsibilities

The City of Charlottesville is seeking a visionary, dynamic leader to be its next Chief of Police.  Our new Chief will have a passion for people and public service, and the organizational skills to effectively direct a talented department of 127 sworn officers (154 total staff), in one of the best cities in the United States.  We are in search of a consensus builder who understands that policing in the 21st Century requires not only an understanding of best practices in law enforcement policies and technology but a deep commitment to relational policing, the practice of forming strong relationships with the people we serve.

In addition to having impeccable verbal communication and listening skills, the Chief must possess exceptional knowledge regarding media relations and a demonstrated proven track record in dealing with media resources in high profile and complex investigations and police matters. The Chief must further have the ability to speak frequently at public forums, conduct press conferences and briefings, attend meetings and public gatherings, and serve on committees, boards, and agencies that are related to promoting crime prevention, relational policing, and evidenced based criminal justice practices.

Located approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia, the City of Charlottesville serves as economic, cultural, and educational center of a multi-county region in Central Virginia. The City is 10.4 square miles and has an estimated population of over 45,000 people. Charlottesville has been ranked as one of the best places to retire, raise a family, play tennis, play golf and was named the best place to live in the U.S. and Canada by Frommer's Ranked and Rated. Despite these recognitions, Charlottesville is also now known by many as the location of a white supremacists' rally that turned violent in August of 2017. Our next Police Chief will play an important role in helping our community recover from that tragic day.

To view the complete job posting, visit the city's employment website.

The starting salary range is $110,000 to $145,000 annually, dependent on education and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits program, including the option for participation in a Defined Benefits or Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. Reasonable relocation assistance will be available.


  • Education: It is strongly desired that the applicant possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. However, any combination of formal education and actual work experience in a law enforcement agency that is equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in the field of law enforcement, public administration, or related criminal justice disciplines may be considered at the discretion of the City Manager and City Council. The additional work experience must be in addition to the minimum five years of the required experience.

  • Experience: The applicant must have a minimum of five years of experience in a command level position within a law enforcement agency and have had the responsibility of supervising personnel while serving in such a position. The applicant must also possess and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the evidence based and best practices and techniques in law enforcement including scientific methods of crime detection, criminal identification and radio communications; comprehensive knowledge of modern law enforcement equipment and technology; comprehensive knowledge of local, state and federal laws and ordinances; thorough knowledge of laws, rules and court decisions relating to the operation and administration of criminal justice and law enforcement; thorough knowledge of the geography of the City; and a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of personnel and pubic management. The applicant must also possess comprehensive knowledge of risk management principles that are applicable to law enforcement operation and administration.

  • Special Requirements: Possession of a valid appropriate driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia within 30 days of being hired, and residency within the City of Charlottesville within six (6) months of being hired.

How to Apply

To be considered, an application must be filled out online at  Please include with your online application a cover letter, resume, salary history, and five (5) work related references. Applications are only accepted until the closing date of the position on 01/31/2018 at 5pm EST.

More Information

To view a complete job posting, qualifications, and to apply, visit our employment website listed.

The City of Charlottesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Values Diversity at All Levels of its Workforce.

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