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Gregory Brown Named Leesburg’s Next Chief of Police

July 27, 2016 | Virginia News

News Image Brown, currently with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, will begin his new position on October 3, 2016.

Leesburg, VA (July 26, 2016) – Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced today that Gregory Brown has been selected as the Town’s new Chief of Police.  He will begin his duties on October 3, 2016.

A Captain with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Greg Brown is currently commander of the Eastern Loudoun Station. Mr. Brown has been with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office since 1997. During his time with Loudoun County, he has served as a patrol deputy, School Resource Officer, criminal investigator, and an undercover officer in vice, narcotics and gangs. He subsequently served as a supervisor in each of these units as well as a member of the Emergency Response Team (SWAT), and the Honor Guard.  In addition, he has served as the Deputy Director overseeing all Basic Law Enforcement Training at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.  Prior to joining the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Brown was an officer with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department.

Mr. Brown holds a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s Degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is a graduate of University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course where he obtained a Graduate Certificate in Police Executive Leadership.  Additionally, Greg recently completed the Mentoring Potential Chief Executive Officers Program which is a comprehensive two-year program co-sponsored by Cedarville University and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.   He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc.

"I am both honored and humbled to have been chosen as the Town of Leesburg's next chief of police,” Mr. Brown commented. “I look forward to serving and partnering with the community beside the men and women of the Leesburg Police Department in order to further solidify a culture of trust and legitimacy with the citizens, visitors, and businesses of our town."

The recruitment and selection process used to hire the Town’s new police chief was designed to be both deliberate and inclusive. The Town retained the professional services of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to manage the search process which included the involvement of individual stakeholders and the community at-large to develop a position profile. More than eighty candidates applied for the position of which twenty-one candidates were selected for telephone interviews. Six candidates were then selected for on-site interviews before two (2) finalists were selected for further consideration. The finalists were interviewed by the Town Council, and participated in a forum with a community panel. The Town Manager then met individually with each of the finalists before making the decision to hire Mr. Brown.

Dentler stated that “Mr. Brown distinguished himself throughout the process as the best candidate for the position of police chief. His professional integrity and approach to community policing in the 21st century along with his broad experience with the County of Loudoun Sheriff’s Office were important factors in the selection process. I look forward to working with Mr. Brown  in the police department’s mission to serve and protect the community”.

A swearing in ceremony is expected to be scheduled for late September.