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Arlington, Virginia
$127,712.00 - $245,710.40 Annually
Mar 10, 2021
Apr 14, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Police Department (ACPD) is conducting a national search for a Chief of Police to lead a force that has consistently helped make Arlington County one of the safest in the country. With an annual operating budget of $72.3 million, 460 employees and 360 sworn personnel, ACPD is an award-winning, professional organization responsible for the enforcement of Arlington County ordinances and state laws within its limits and the safety and protection of Arlington County residents. Partnering with the community, ACPD maintains a historically low crime rate and provides top-notch police services by committing to a geographic based philosophy that addresses crime through a shared relationship between residents and officers in the neighborhoods.

The Chief, who reports directly to the County Manager, is dedicated to upholding the ACPD’s mission “to reduce the incidence of crime and to improve the quality of life in Arlington County by making it a place where all people can live safely and without fear” by providing leadership functions including:

  • Developing and communicating a strategic vision for the department;
  • Engaging citizenry to reduce service delivery costs, organize and mobilize community groups, and gather intelligence;
  • Leveraging technology to provide accurate, timely, real-time access to information that is presented in an interactive manner;
  • Delivering timely, cost effective and efficient services;
  • Predicting or adjusting priorities and needed services through crime analytics, geographic profiling, and integrated policing systems;
  • Enhancing collaboration with other local, regional, and federal police agencies, justice organizations, and other public sector organizations; and
  • Proactively managing change and fostering a climate that embraces change.


  • Continuously assessing policies and practices re: use of force, crime reporting, emergency response, and crime prevention;
  • Maintaining a high level of engagement with and accountability to a community that is growing in both size and diversity;
  • Effectively deploying rapidly changing, sophisticated technology, e.g., a new Records Management System, to improve performance, boost efficiency, and increase transparency; and
  • Addressing the increasingly organized, global and digital challenges associated with criminal activities and networks to address organized crime, cybercrime, terrorism, trafficking activities and other offenses.


Will have progressed through the ranks of a municipal police department and have considerable experience in a senior command role. The Chief will have a supportive and motivating leadership style that engenders team building and fosters cooperative relationships between all divisions throughout the department, with County leadership, County Board and the community, along with a strong record of achievement in the following areas:

  • Understanding modern law enforcement and emergency preparedness strategies and techniques;
  • Accountability, stewardship and instilling pride and confidence in staff;
  • Leadership skills; including being accessible, approachable, open minded, flexible, visible, engaging and genuinely care about department members;
  • Embracing change, innovation, technology, and process improvement;
  • Engendering trust and credibility where "actions match words";
  • Effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills;
  • Developing and communicating a strategic vision for the department and community;
  • Fostering a work environment that motivates individuals to excel and meet the high expectations of the organization and community, including mentoring and professional development;
  • Collaborating and demonstrating the ability to build rapport with elected officials, peers, community representatives, County leadership and department staff;
  • Introducing a philosophy of leadership consciousness that values a positive working influence in the community with the ability to build and maintain public trust; and
  • Progressive record of ethical and professional conduct that can withstand intense public scrutiny.


ACPD is comprised of the following divisions:
  • Office of the Chief which is composed of staff who report directly to the Police Chief and are responsible for a variety of administrative and community support functions for the ACPD;
  • Operations Division which provides the most visible police services to Arlington County and are the officers the public is most likely to come into contact with;
  • Criminal Investigations Division which conducts follow-up investigations of serious felonies and misdemeanors that occur within Arlington County ; and
  • Systems Management Division which provides a variety of services and functions that support members of the police department as they conduct their official duties .
For department information click here.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree in police science, criminal justice, public administration or related field, plus senior command experience in a municipal or highly urbanized law enforcement agency with a strong record of achievement in:

  • Police administration and management coupled with broad technical and operational experience;
  • Being a leader in law enforcement and well-versed in the latest law-enforcement techniques; and
  • Collaborating with internal and external organizations to provide the highest level of proactive law enforcement that protects and serves all residents of Arlington County.

Special Requirements

A comprehensive reference/background check will be completed, and employment will be contingent upon successful completion.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

The Chief of Police salary range is negotiable to $245,710.40. Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. This position is in Arlington's Executive Management Accountability Program (EMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan and results achieved.

As an Employer of Choice, Arlington County offers a generous benefit package telework policy, and family-friendly work environment. For additional benefits information click here .

To Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience to . To assist with internal sorting, please only include your name (Last, First) in the subject line.

This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of February 15, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Applicants submitted by this date will receive first consideration.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

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