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Chief of Police
Chief of Police, Town of Haymarket (Prince William County, Virginia).  The link to the application forms may be found at:  https://www.townofhaymarket.org/administration/page/town-haymarket-employment-application-form 
Position: Chief of Police
Organization: Town of Haymarket
Location: Haymarket,  VA 
United States
Salary: $80,000-95,000 DOQ
Posting Start Date: 4/12/2021
Date Posted: 4/12/2021
Requirements Town of Haymarket, Virginia
Chief of Police
This position involves highly responsible managerial and administrative work in planning, organizing, and directing activities of the Police Department. The Department consists of 5 regular, full-time officers, and 3 part-time officers. Work includes responsibility for the administration and coordination of all police department functions and activities including the protection of life and property, community relations, apprehension of criminals and enforcement of local ordinances, state, federal laws and regulations. Work involves budgetary responsibility; public and media relations; establishing departmental philosophy and direction managing facilities and equipment in compliance with department general orders, policies and procedures. EOE.
  • Plans, organizes and directs the programs and activities of the Police Department; reviews complaint and accident reports;
  • Supervises directly, or through subordinate supervisors, a staff of law enforcement and civilian employees; prescribes, publishes and enforces rules and regulations; recommends the appointment, promotion and dismissal of personnel; prepares performance evaluation reports;
  • Prepares the annual departmental operating budget and controls expenditure of appropriations;
  • Advises and assists subordinates in complex or other investigations; assumes direct command of forces in emergency situations or major law enforcement operations;
  • Cooperates with county, state and federal officers in the apprehension and detention of wanted persons and with other departments where activities of the Police Department are involved; participates in and attends meetings of county, regional and state law enforcement associations;
  • Investigates citizen complaints against officers;
  • Attends and participates in public functions for the purpose of promoting crime prevention, law enforcement and establishing favorable public relations; directs the investigation of and responds to major citizen complaints;
  • Directs the maintenance of criminal and operational records; prepares a variety of regular and special reports;
  • Coordinates department  purchases; recommends equipment purchases and authorizes departmental purchases and requisitions;
  • Interprets and clarifies new laws and ordinances for subordinate officers;
  • Attends seminars, conventions, conferences, etc.,  to enhance and maintain  knowledge of trends and developments in the fields of law enforcement and criminal  justice; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with professionals in the law enforcement and criminal justice fields, conferring, and
  • exchanging information with such individuals as appropriate; reviews various literature, including legislative reports, pertaining to law enforcement and criminal justice; develops and implements long-range community police services;
  • The position is considered as a “working chief, as needed,  as he or she must occasionally perform the duties of a police officer; patrolling the Town, making arrests and protecting the safety of the citizens, etc.
Combined Skills and Qualifications:
The work requires significant contact with the public as victims and perpetrators of crimes, as citizens in need of assistance or requiring information. Contact is also made on a regular basis with attorneys, prosecutors, members of the judicial system; other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; and other employees of the Town and surrounding jurisdictions.
  • U. S. Citizen
  • Resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or agreeable to within 6 months of employment.
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in police science, criminal justice or related field or equivalent of education and experience. Active enrollment and pursuit of a four year degree may be considered in lieu of the degree having been awarded;
  • Virginia DCJS certification, or capable of attaining certification at the time of appointment.
  • 3-5 years of command responsibility, ideally having achieved, at minimum, the rank of lieutenant;
  • Possession of valid Virginia driver’s license and a safe driving record, or qualified to obtain one.
  • Submit to a thorough background check.
  • Principles and practices of modern police administration and police methods;
  • Standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated and the use of police records and their application to police administration;
  • The principles and methods of organization, management and supervision;
  • Department rules and regulations and of applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances;
  • Functions of other governmental jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to police work.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Plan, organize and direct the work of employees performing varied operations connected with police activities;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with public officials, local, state and federal authorities, civic leaders and the public;
  • Prepare, and present effectively, oral and written informative material relating to the activities of the Police Department;
  • Work in all types of weather conditions and under all types of adverse, life threatening situations;
  • Must be able to provide testimony under oath in a court of law.
  • Availability for consultation by departmental staff at irregular hours; call-out response may be necessary for unusual events or incidents.
  • Interpret federal, state and local laws, ordinances and requirements;
  • Prepare and maintain detailed and accurate reports;
  • Deal firmly and courteously with the public;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Qualify with and use firearms, and other regular and special police equipment;
  • Analyzes situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper courses of action;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, the media, and law enforcement agencies and other employees.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls;
  • Capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to, a personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine;
  • Some standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, crawling, reaching and handling, pushing and pulling.
Employer Overview:
The Town of Haymarket is a proactive small town of approximately 1,800 residents and a commercial corridor that prides itself on citizen service and maintaining a small-town feel amongst a rapidly growing suburban area. We have a small staff, but this does not hinder us from accomplishing big goals and projects. Located in Prince William County at the Crossroads of Routes 15 and 55, the Town has a deep history that is part of the national Journey Through the Hallowed Ground regional tourist attraction. The value and beauty of this area is no longer a secret, and so new businesses and residents move to this area each day, enriching the community with economic opportunities and diversity of character. We offer you and your family a range of choices in recreation, education, and business and community development opportunities.
The police chief, by Town Charter, reports to the Town Council.  However, the Town expects the chief to work with the Town Manager on day-to-day operations, the Town Council on policy issues, and the Police Liaison on hiring, firing, and discipline of employees. Supervision is exercised directly or through subordinate staff over all employees of the department. Employee must be able to make effective decisions regarding personnel and disciplinary actions, transfers, budgetary expenditures, law enforcement actions and implementation of programs. Work is performed with latitude in interpreting and applying policies, rules, and regulations. Work is reviewed through meetings, reports and analysis of results obtained by the Town Manager, Town Council and public opinion. The position is appointed by the Town Council but works with the Town Manager for daily interaction and operations. 
Furthermore, the position requires significant contact with elected officials, community agencies and organizations, County officials, County Police Department and Sheriff’s Department, the media, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and other Town staff.
Salary and Benefits: $80,000-$95,000, DOQ. The Council is seeking a full-time candidate.  The Town offers full benefits to include health care, vacation and sick leave, life insurance and is a participant in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS).  Alternatively, the Council will consider a part-time (32 hours) contractual arrangement, DOQ.
The Town of Haymarket is an equal opportunity employer. The Town is committed to impartial consideration of all qualified candidates without regard to race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, veterans’ or marital status, or any other protected group status.
Status: This listing expires on: 5/12/2021
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Organization Information
Town of Haymarket
15000 Washington St
Suite 100
Haymarket,  VA 20169
United States
(703) 753-2600
Chris Coon, Town Manager