Executive Deputy Chief (deputy Chief Of Police)

Fairfax, Virginia
$118,990.98 - $193,823.55 Annually
Jul 17, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Job Announcement

As the Executive Deputy Chief to the Chief of Police, the appointee is responsible for developing and leading the department's overall crime control strategy and be at the forefront of the department's intergovernmental affairs.

Reporting to the Chief of Police, provides effective, responsive, and continuing leadership in assigned patrol elements as well as the overall Department. As a member of the Senior Management Team of the Department, deputy chiefs assist with developing and implementing strategic plans, five-year plans and urbanization planning objectives. Position requires proven leadership abilities in areas such as coaching, mentoring and team building to ensure the mission of the Police Department is met while fostering succession planning endeavors to assure future leaders are developed.

Has oversight of the Planning and Research Bureau and the Incident Support Services Director and staff.

Appointee will:
  • Serve as liaison and point of contact with civic, business, and residential groups, and appears before various groups as a senior spokesperson for the Department;
  • Allocate and/or deploy agency resources;
  • Ensure compliance with all departmental rules, regulations and general orders;
  • Manage assigned units and functional areas efficiently with cost-effective results utilizing pro-active accountability measures such as CompStat, BureauStat and strategic report cards in addition to formal county mandated accountability measures.
  • Functional areas include, but are not limited to Patrol, detective operations, crime prevention, animal services, incident command systems, public information, information technology, diversity recruitment, budgeting, human resources, crime analysis, safety, special operations and training, public speaking and budget management.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Directs/commands administrative support, investigative and operations support, executive functioning or patrol police services;
  • Manages assigned units and functional areas in a manner that produces cost effective results;
  • Provides effective, responsible and continuing leadership of assigned elements;
  • Allocates/deploys agency resources;
  • Ensures that subordinates comply with all County and departmental rules, regulations and General Orders;
  • Plans, studies and analyzes matters that bear on the performance of assigned units in effectively discharging their functions;
  • As defined by the Chief of Police, coordinates the administration of assigned units and their functions with senior County officials, regional law enforcement officials, and others;
  • Provides guidance in the department's strategic and workforce planning processes; directs development of strategic plans for areas under his/her command;
  • Initiates or determines personnel actions (transfers, promotions, commendations);
  • Initiates disciplinary action or reviews disciplinary actions recommended by bureau commanders to ensure fairness, consistency, and conformance with applicable rules and regulations;
  • Conduct or attends administrative, command or other staff meetings;
  • Responds to emergency situations within defined area of responsibility;
  • Provide direction and oversight of assigned functional area during major events/incidents;
  • May act as the Chief of Police, in his/her absence(s);
  • Continuously formulates programs and policies affecting assigned units and functions;
  • Provides input and/or implements changes to programs and policies based on recommendations from areas of assignment;
  • Serves as liaison and point-of-contact with civic, business and residential groups, and appears before various groups as a senior spokesperson for the Department, or as the personal representative of the Chief of Police.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of the practices of human resource management, budgeting, program planning and administration;
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, departmental policies and procedures, standard operating procedures, manuals, and safety bulletins;
  • Knowledge of police administration and management techniques;
  • Knowledge of the scientific methods of crime detection, prevention, criminal identification, and radio communications;
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and ordinances;
  • Strong management and leadership skills, as demonstrated in an appropriate command and/or staff assignment;
  • Ability to analyze law enforcement problems and direct an effective course of action;
  • Ability to evaluate performance, counsel subordinates, and apply fair and effective discipline;
  • Ability to resolve personality conflicts among subordinates;
  • Ability to direct and coordinate the activities of a large police staff;
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with departmental personnel, other County departments and the public;
  • Ability to use sound judgment in administrative matters and in emergencies;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of ethical standards;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity and be truthful at all times.

Employment Standards

Must possess at minimum a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Plus one year of experience as a Fairfax County Police Major. Must be currently serving as a Fairfax County Police Major be eligible for examination for this rank.
External applicants must have ten (10) years of progressive paid experience in a large municipal Police Department, and one (1) year must have been equivalent to serving as a Fairfax County Police Major.

  • 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)-Required 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;
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, driver's license check, polygraph exam, pre-employment medical evaluation and public safety background check to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • Must be able to perform essential job functions (reasonable accommodation may be made on a case-by-case-basis);
  • 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 running in order to respond to routine/emergency police duties; ability to use issued police equipment/vehicles; ability to use computer keyboard; work outdoors with exposure to varied weather conditions. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

The provisions of General Order 001, Section VII prohibit the promotion of any employee who possesses a sustained ethics, integrity, and/or truthfulness violation. Additionally, the Chief of Police has authority as promulgated by the Fairfax County Personnel Regulations to de-certify and/or not select candidates as specified in Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8. Final selections will be made by the Chief of Police with consideration given to the candidate's assessment center performance, education, and experience and job performance.

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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