Deputy Chief of Police

Lexington, VA
Lexington Police Department

Salary: $73,955–$88,537.

Closing Date: 2/22/2024

Position Summary:

The City of Lexington is seeking an innovative, experienced, proactive leader for the position of Deputy Police Chief. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a criminal background check, DMV motor vehicle record check, and drug screening.

Essential Functions:

  • The essential functions of the job are not limited to those listed in the job description. The City retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.
  • Directs department and divisional activities by having regular meetings with department and division command to review issues and activities and provide subordinate direction; periodically performs facility site management to assist in risk management and mitigation; and evaluates and fine-tunes department and divisional operational objectives.
  • Assists in developing and updating department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; and reviews new and current federal and state laws and local ordinances to ensure current rules, regulations, policies, and procedures comply.
  • Performs public relations and human resources management by responding to requests for information and/or inquiries concerning law enforcement activity; prepares and reviews employee evaluations and disciplinary documents; and oversees department and divisional hiring and training.
  • Plans and implements police service programs to deter crime through grant writing, new crime prevention programs guideline development, participates in community and interdepartmental meetings, article and video review, and existing program evaluation.
  • Oversees department capital and operational budgets through budget preparation and management for police, internally and with finance; monitors and manages projects; monitors department and divisional expenditures, and fund management as needed.
  • Oversees the supervision of records and report preparation that documents department activities by reviewing the technical and structural configuration of software used to produce police activity reports; and periodically reviews software programs that extract data from public safety databases.
  • Performs the duties of a police officer by enforcing traffic laws and making criminal arrests when applicable and testifying in court, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Minimum of ten years of law enforcement experience in a state, local or county police environment, with no less than six years of progressively responsible supervisory service.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of the specific requirements listed above.
  • DCJS Law Enforcement Certification and continuing DCJS in-service training.
  • Valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record according to City criteria.