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Capt. Vanessa Grimsby named interim Leesburg police chief

February 5, 2016 | Virginia News

News Image Leesburg Capt. Vanessa Grigsby has been named the interim chief of the town's police department, effective March 1. Police Chief Joseph Price will retire the same day after 16 years as the town's top law enforcement leader.

“I am confident that under Vanessa’s leadership the Leesburg Police Department will continue to provide the excellent protection that our residents rely upon,” Town Manager Kaj Dentler said in a prepared statement. “Her breadth of first-hand experience and knowledge of the department’s operations will prove invaluable in this new role.”

Capt. Grigsby has been with the Leesburg Police Department since August 1996. She is currently division commander of administration and support services, a position to which she was promoted in December 2014.

She's also served as commander of the criminal investigations section from May to December 2014 and as a patrol district commander from March 2004 to May 2014. Previous positions with the Leesburg Police Department include patrol sergeant, school resource officer, patrol officer and detective.

Capt. Grigsby has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is a 2013 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico. Prior to her career in law enforcement, she served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an administrative specialist and intelligence analyst, with assignments in Germany, Spain and Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

The town has tapped the International Association of Chiefs of Police to conduct a nationwide executive search for the town’s next police chief. A new chief is expected to be selected within the next four to six months.

Representatives from the IACP will meet with community leaders and stakeholders on Wednesday, Feb. 17 to get feedback on community needs and expectations. IACP will use this input to develop a position profile for the recruitment process.

There will be two input sessions open to the general public. The first session will be at noon in Ida Lee Park Recreation Center’s lower level meeting rooms (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). All are welcome to attend, but this session will be focused on gathering feedback from the business community.

The second public meeting will be at 7 p.m., also at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The evening input session will be focused on gathering feedback from the community at large.

“Hiring a Chief of Police is very different from hiring other leadership positions within the Town,” Dentler in a prepared statement. “The Town has changed dramatically in the time that Chief Price has been here. In 2000, our population was 28,311. Today, the Town’s population is almost 50,000 and we are much more diverse community. Over the past sixteen years, the Leesburg Police Department has become a highly professional, nationally recognized organization. The field of law enforcement is facing significant challenges right now, not just here but around the country. Having community input and engagement on what our residents want and expect from the Police Department and its leader is a key element in identifying the right candidates for the next Chief of Police.”

Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror —