invites applications for the position of: 
Deputy Chief of Police

An Equal Opportunity Employer


$37.29 - $46.16

$2,983.20 - $3,692.80

$6,463.60 - $8,001.07

$77,563.20 - $96,012.80


OPENING DATE: 07/09/19


CLOSING DATE: 08/23/19 05:00 PM




The Harrisonburg Police Department is seeking a forward-thinking, results-oriented Deputy Chief of Police to lead our high-performance organization, consisting of 112.5 authorized sworn police officers, 38 authorized full-time civilian support personnel, and 9 auxiliary officers (volunteers).

The Deputy Chief of Police is a full-time exempt position with a preferred hiring range of $77,563 - $96,012 annually, depending upon qualifications.  The City provides an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement (ICMA-RC & Enhanced Hazardous Duty through VRS), life insurance, paid leave and holidays.

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong commitment to community based policing strategies and a history of demonstrable success in building relationships, both internally and externally, that are grounded in mutual respect and trust. The candidate should have a strong background dealing with organizational change and unique ideas.  As a member of the Command Staff, this highly integral individual will exhibit an approachable demeanor; an appreciation for diversity and inclusion; a willingness to seek out advanced policing concepts and innovative technological strategies; and the proven ability to inspire and influence positive change within a law enforcement organization. The candidate selected for this position will have substantial experience in strategic planning and goal achievement as they will be responsible for the creation, prioritization, evaluation, and recalibration of the department's community policing strategies and outcomes. Experience in diverse areas within a police organization is needed to manage the day-to-day operations of the three bureaus, including Patrol, Special Operations, and Administrative.

Physical Requirements: This is medium work requiring the exertion of up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, and hazards. The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Captain rank or above in a previous or current law enforcement position.
  • Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or a related field, in addition to at least five (5) years of progressive management experience, preferably at an executive level.
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience may be used to meet the minimum requirements outlined above.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain Virginia POST certification within six (6)  months of hire date.
  • Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possession of a Master's Degree in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or a related field;
  • Successful demonstration of increasingly responsible management experience in a diverse municipal police organization;
  • A proven track record of making tactful, timely and informed decisions;
  • Excellent written/oral communications that express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner;
  • Media and crisis management experience;
  • A proven track record in the successful application of policing strategies based upon the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

The successful applicant for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation, credit history check, DMV record check, and City-mandated drug and alcohol testing.


Application Requirements:  In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit the following:  City of Harrisonburg online employment application, resume, cover letter, and three professional references.  Applicants who are unable to upload the required documents via the online application must email the documents to Human Resources at [email protected] by the application deadline.

Application Deadline:  All candidates must submit a complete City of Harrisonburg online employment application with the documents stated above by 5:00pm EST on August 9, 2019 in order to be considered.  Incomplete applications and applications missing the required documentation as stated above will not be accepted.

 The City provides an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement (VRS Enhanced Hazardous Duty & ICMA-RC), life insurance, paid leave and holidays.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veteran status.

The City of Harrisonburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



409 South Main Street 
Third Floor 
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
[email protected] 

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Job #5524 - (July 2019)