Chief Of Police

Fairfax, Virginia
Dec 23, 2020
Apr 18, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Job Announcement

Fairfax County is seeking an innovative, proven, and visionary leader for its next Chief of Police. With 1,493 sworn officers and 330 professional staff members, the Fairfax County Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves one of the most diverse communities in the United States. Located outside Washington, D.C., Fairfax County is comprised of more than 1.2 million residents in a jurisdiction of 400 square miles. Fairfax County maintains one of the lowest crime rates in the nation for a jurisdiction of its size, an achievement due in large part to a highly engaged community and committed public servants at all levels of government. The Fairfax County Police Department is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and possesses state accredited status to ensure its business operations continuously meet the gold standard within the law enforcement profession.

The role of Chief of Police requires a unique and diverse set of skills and extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system. The Chief of Police oversees and directs all activities of the Fairfax County Police Department and, in special circumstances and operations, coordinates with its partners in the surrounding areas. In addition to the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive, and the Deputy County Executive, the Chief of Police works closely with various county agencies and departments, public and private organizations, and community groups to develop and implement high quality programs and services that maximize public safety.

Additional information may be found at Polihire . T o apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

For more information, please click here for a downloadable brochure.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration, business administration, or a related field; Extensive, broad management experience, at the level of Police Captain or above, directing a major division (i.e., patrol, investigations, or administration) in an urban/suburban police department comparable in size to the Fairfax County Police Department; Experience with community policing; Police management experience in a rapidly growing, increasingly diverse community.


The next 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 ideal candidate will have a proven track record in effective community policing, significant senior command level experience in a full-service municipal, urban, law enforcement agency, and possess an advanced education degree.


  • Driver's License (Required)
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100 (Required)
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 700 (Required)
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 300 (Required)
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 400 (Required)
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 200 (Required)
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 800 (Required)
  • Mandated Emergency Vehicle Operations (MEVO)-Upon appointment and recertify every 36 months
  • Law Enforcement Officer VA Department of Criminal Justice -Required upon appointment and recertify every 2 years
  • Firearms Proficiency-Required upon appointment and recertify annually
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-CPR -Required upon appointment and recertify every 24 months
  • AED -Required upon appointment and recertify every 24 months
  • First Aid -Required upon appointment and recertify every 24 months
  • VCIN - VA Criminal Information Network -Required upon appointment and recertify every 24 months

Must be a citizen of the United States;
Must successfully complete a criminal background investigation, credit check, driver's license check, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, and a pre-employment medical evaluation prior to appointment;
Applicants selected must be able to obtain a Class A medical rating in the assigned medical group prior to starting work;
Must be able to perform essential job functions (with or without reasonable accommodation);
Must have never committed, been involved in, or been convicted of, a felony or serious misdemeanor;
Must be of good character and reputation.

Work requires ability to negotiate all types of terrain on foot; sitting, crouching, walking, and r unning in order to respond to routine/emergency police duties; ability to use issued police Equipment/vehicles; ability to use computer keyboard. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Not applicable.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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