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Chief of Police
Town of Amherst, Virginia is seeking an experienced professional to serve as Chief of Police. The Chief of Police is responsible for directing the programs and operations of the Town Police Department.

The mission of the Amherst Police Department is to work in partnership with the residents and businesses of the community to provide a safe and secure environment. With community service as our foundation, we are driven to enhance the quality of life, by remaining proactive in identifying and remedying potential problems. We nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics.

The Department embraces professional policing standards and, under the leadership of the retiring Chief, achieved the distinction of being the smallest department in Virginia to earn accreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
Police Chief Responsibilities
  • Plans, coordinates, and supervises department operations to ensure the protection of life and property. This includes organizing and directing police operations, ensuring that laws, regulations and procedures are followed, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the Town Manager. Departmental supervision is exercised over all personnel within the department.
  • Directs, assigns, and evaluates the work of subordinate sworn officers and staff to ensure that personnel, operations, and programs comply with applicable laws, ordinances, policies and department standards.
  • Serves in an at will capacity, answering directly to the Town Manager.
  • Continues to maintain accreditation status of the Department.
  • Advises and assists department personnel on unusual, difficult or complex matters.
  • Schedules and monitors the work of department personnel to ensure the attainment of the Town’s public safety goals.
  • Oversees the purchase, maintenance and repair of all department vehicles, equipment and supplies; supervises inspections.
  • Assists the Town Manager in hiring, oversees the training of, supervises and disciplines all staff in the Police Department.
  • Creates a department that is focused on customer service and institutes rules and policies as needed to solicit and respond to citizen and customer input.
  • Serves as a training officer for the department; ensures that all officers attend annual training sessions as required and oversees the maintenance of training records; supervises the agency certification program.
  • Evaluates staff performance; recommends awards, discipline and, where necessary, termination of subordinates.
  • Leads with a customer service approach and works to build relationships with all members of the community.
  • Attends regional law enforcement meetings, conferences, and events.
  • As a “Working Chief,” performs regular patrol duties; answers calls for service as needed; works various shifts to ensure access to the Chief by all members of the community; supervises and participates in the investigation of traffic accidents and criminal offenses committed within town jurisdiction; supervises collection and custody of evidence and contraband.
  • Prepares and executes criminal arrests and search warrants.
  • Reviews incident, accident and miscellaneous reports for accuracy and completeness.
  • Responds to public complaints, questions and problems in accordance with department guidelines and procedures; conducts internal investigations as warranted.
  • Oversees the implementation of town ordinances, policies and procedures; enforces federal and state laws and local ordinances.
  • Responds to department mail; responds to requests for information and records.
  • Attends all town council meetings; advises the Town Manager and governing authority on law enforcement monthly activities.
  • Coordinates community awareness programs with the media; approves media releases and conducts media presentations.
  • Prepares and recommends the annual department operating budget, monitors expenditures under the current budget.
  • Coordinates investigations with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Develops and implements operating policies and procedures for the department.
  • Attends professional meetings, hearings and conferences; serves on various boards, committees and panels.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Challenges, Issues & Opportunities
The new Chief of Police will need to work with the community to maintain the existing strong, trusting relationship. Transparency will be key to those endeavors and the new Chief of Police will be the primary point of contact for the Police Department to ensure citizens are informed and heard.

As an active and visible resident of the Town of Amherst, the Chief of Police will work with a focus that builds relationships with the citizens, business owners and other community and regional stakeholders.

Maintaining the accreditation status is a high priority for the Town.
Compensation & Benefits
The hiring compensation range for the Chief of Police will be between $82,400 and $100,000 depending on qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will be offered a benefits package including participation in the Virginia Retirement System, health insurance coverage, paid time off, deferred compensation, professional development support, formal education compensation, a take home vehicle (when residing within 5 miles of the Town) and a cell phone.

Application Process
Initial review of candidates will begin May 1, 2024.  Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled, however, it is anticipated that zoom interviews with selected candidates will be conducted during the week of May 20, 2024, through May 24, 2024. Timely submittal will ensure the most advantageous review. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resumé, with salary expectations and professional references, to Berkley Group via email at eric.salemi@bgllc.net

For the full recruitment profile, visit www.bgllc.net. 
Position: Chief of Police
Organization: Town of Amherst
Location: Amherst,  VA 
United States
Salary: $82,400-$100,000
Posting Start Date: 3/13/2024
Date Posted: 3/13/2024
Qualifications, Education & Experience
The following education and experience factors are the expected qualifications for successful performance:
  • Five to 10 years of supervisory leadership with comparable responsibilities; possessing a broad skill set appropriate to the breadth of town police operations. Local government experience in Virginia as a Police Chief or Deputy Chief is desirable. Past service in a smaller community would be a plus.
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field is preferred. Degree earners having attended one of the premier Command/Executive courses like the National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and UVA’s National Criminal Justice Command College are encouraged to apply.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations relating to the administration of criminal justice and law enforcement. Prior service in a Virginia or CALEA accredited department would be a plus.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets.
  • Well versed in various approaches to policing, such as scientific, geographic and data driven approaches.
  • Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Department of Criminal Justice Services for the State of Virginia.
  • A record of being an active member of one’s community through participation in local service    organizations and volunteer activities. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development through participation in organizations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, NOBLE, NAWLEE, HAPCOA, etc.
  • Any combination of education and experience that qualifies an applicant may be considered in lieu of the more specific criteria listed above.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia within one month of starting the position.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a background check, polygraph, and urinalysis prior to starting.
  • If not already certified through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, must be certified through a state that Virginia recognizes for transfer of credits.
Status: This listing expires on: 5/12/2024
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Town of Amherst

Amherst,  VA 24521
United States
Eric Salemi


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