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Chief of Police
The Town of Purcellville is seeking an innovative, experienced, proactive leader who will foster collaborative relationships within the Police Department and the Town at large. The Chief is tasked with maintaining a safe and vibrant community through partnerships, planning, and prevention. Further, the Chief will enhance existing community policing and is expected to be on the leading edge of public safety innovation.

The Chief of Police leads at several levels: as a member of the Town Management Team, as the leader and public face of the Purcellville Police Department, and as an individual who is actively involved in building a better and safer Town. This position was recently vacated by the retirement of a Chief who proficiently served the Town for over eight years and implemented numerous innovative practices, technology, and community outreach programs.
The Town is seeking expertise in all facets of law enforcement and crime prevention. The selected candidate will have excellent leadership and administrative skills, outstanding communication and presentation skills, and the ability to solve problems. The candidate will possess a personal and professional background that can withstand extensive scrutiny. Candidates must demonstrate a track record of professionalism and integrity, striving for the highest ideals of public service and personal conduct. The Police Chief is expected to build and to maintain relationships with Town elected and appointed officials, officers of the Commonwealth, Loudoun County, and local law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions in the Northern Virginia region.
The selected candidate must be fair and equitable, able and willing to listen to the staff and the community, and be comfortable working with a diverse population. The Chief must be willing to hold himself/herself and others accountable for an exemplary record of customer service and interaction with the community. The ideal candidate will be accessible, diplomatic, direct, and a credible community leader and resource. Experience in a state/nationally accredited organization is preferred. Candidates are expected to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the entire Purcellville community while managing a wide range of tactical and strategic issues simultaneously.


Application & Selection Process

To be considered, please submit a cover letter, résumé and complete the online Town Employment Application by visiting: Employment opportunities (munisselfservice.com)
Applicants selected will be evaluated with a panel consisting of council members, department heads, and the Town Manager. A second interview panel will consist of chiefs and a facilitator from the VACP. For more information, please contact LaDonna Snellbaker, Director of Human Resources at lsnellbaker@purcellvilleva.gov.
Position: Chief of Police
Organization: Town of Purcellville
Location: Purcellville,  VA 
United States
Salary: $120,000-160,000
Posting Start Date: 4/3/2024
Date Posted: 4/3/2024
Requirements The minimum requirements for this position include ten years of law enforcement experience in a state, local, or county police environment with no less than seven years of progressively responsible supervisory service. The Chief shall have a four-year degree in Criminal Justice or a related field from an accredited college or university, with a Master’s Degree preferred. (Under certain conditions, the educational requirements can be waived based on a combination of education and experience). Virginia Law Enforcement Certificate required. Preference may be given to candidates who have completed nationally recognized advanced leadership training such as the FBI National Academy or a similar program.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for Purcellville’s next Police Chief will have a broad and varied professional background which demonstrates success in working with diverse communities while leading a professional law enforcement agency engaged in proactive community policing.
Qualifications include:
  • Experience in financial management, budgeting, innovative practices in police operations, and information technology in a police-related environment
  • Proven ability to assess, develop, and implement innovative technological solutions, policies, procedures, and organizational systems that result in excellent police practices
  • Demonstrated ability to forge effective professional intergovernmental relationships with other public safety officials, including the Commonwealth, Loudoun County, and other jurisdictions in the region
  • Experience in cultivating positive community relations by interacting with civic and community groups and will be approachable by the staff and public
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills
  • Experience with implementing state-of-the-art enforcement practices, staff development, training, and community policing
The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment and interest in:
  • Fair, consistent, and equitable treatment of all residents and visitors
  • Absolute and unwavering integrity and honesty, both on and off the job. An understanding and appreciation for the political process without personal  involvement in politics and respect for others
  • Modern principles, practices, and techniques of police administration, organization, and operation
  • A vision that positions the Department for today and for the future
  • Recruiting and retaining new, diverse officers and keeping officers motivated and challenged
  • Fitting into a cohesive police department team. Is an advocate for and supports the officers, staff, and their families; supports training and delegation. Coaches and mentors new officers and support career development.
Status: This listing expires on: 5/3/2024
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Organization Information
Town of Purcellville

Purcellville,  VA 20132
United States
LaDonna Snellbaker


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