Police Chief

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville Police Department

The vision for the next Police Chief

The next Police Chief will be a change agent and consensus builder who has demonstrated the ability to foster positive and trusting relationships between the police department and residents. The next Police Chief will embrace radical transparency and accountability on multiple levels as essential tenets of effective, fair, and just policing.

The role

The Police Chief oversees and directs all activities of the Charlottesville Police Department and periodically coordinates with the Department’s partners in other jurisdictions in the region. The Police Chief is hired by and reports directly to the City Manager, but upon hire will be officially confirmed by appointment from the City Council.
The Police Chief will have responsibility for implementing recommendations from two key processes and their respective reports:

The salary range for the Charlottesville Police Chief is $91,925.29 – $196,849.35 annually.

The qualifications
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of effective community policing and senior command-level experience in a municipal law enforcement agency similar in size to that of Charlottesville’s. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience in a command-level position within a law enforcement agency and have had the responsibility of supervising personnel while serving in such a position.

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police science, public administration or a related field from an accredited college or university is strongly desired. However, a combination of formal education and additional professional experience in a law enforcement agency beyond the 5- year minimum described above may be considered as equivalent to the desired undergraduate degree at the discretion of the City Manager and City Council. An advanced degree in an appropriate field is highly desired.