Chief of Police

Roanoke, VA
County of Roanoke Virginia

$130,000.00 – $150,000.00 Annually

Performs complex protective service and administrative work in administering, directing and coordinating activities of the Police Department. Responsible for the efficiency, productivity and quality of activities performed by the department. Does related work as required. Work involves wide discretion and is performed under the general supervision of the Deputy County Administrator.


  • Develops and enforces departmental disciplinary measures when necessary
  • Directs the investigation of major criminal offenses
  • Cooperates with state and federal officers in the apprehension of wanted persons
  • Attends meetings and serves on committees, boards and agencies related to promoting crime prevention and improving law enforcement
  • Financial planning and budgeting with a specific emphasis on the aggressive and successful pursuit of state and federal grant opportunities as well as the successful administration of grant funding
  • Providing oral and written presentations on behalf of the department to the County Administrator, the Board of Supervisors, citizens, public and private agencies, community groups, and the media
  • Coordinating with appropriate internal and external agencies to develop strong mutual aid agreements and regional partnerships
  • Planning for long-term department staffing, training, and equipment demands
  • Leading, planning, organizing, evaluating, and coordinating the development and implementation of policies and procedures in accordance with applicable state laws and county ordinances
  • Assuring departmental compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, certifications, regulations, and standards of good business practice in all department activities and endeavors
  • Leading, planning, organizing, evaluating, directing, and coordinating the work of subordinate personnel in conducting police functions in collaboration and cooperation with other county departments and neighboring communities
  • Managing the recruitment, training, and certification functions of the department

Required: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, law enforcement or related field from an accredited University.
Preferred: Master’s Degree or other advanced degree from an accredited college and graduation from a nationally recognized police executive training program and/or other advanced law enforcement executive training.

Required: Extensive law enforcement experience including demonstrated progressively successful command level experience

Certifications/ Licenses
Required: Valid Virginia driver’s license with good driving record.