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Chief of Police, City of Danville, VA
By the City of Danville, Human Resources
Oct 2, 2017 - 1:59:54 PM

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The City of Danville, is seeking a Chief of Police to lead a dynamic and diverse, accredited Police Department. The police chief will be a transformative and visionary leader  with a focus on community engagement as well as increasing trust and partnerships. The Chief of Police is the public face of the Danville Police Department and must be able to foster effective relationships with the community, elected officials, City administration, the command staff, supervisors, officers and civilian members of the department. Possessing outstanding communication, advocacy and strategic thinking skills, the successful candidate will be a creative and proactive law enforcement professional with a proven track record in effective change management, 21st Century Policing, and innovative strategic leadership.

Danville is a community that values diversity and demands an exceptional leader to be its next Police Chief.

Position Overview:
Danville is an independent city in the Commonwealth and operates under a Council/Manager form of government. The City has a total budget of $287M and approximately 1100 employees working across 13 departments. The Police Chief reports to the City Manager. The individual selected to be the next Chief of Police will lead a Department of approximately 131 sworn and 13 full-time and 12 part-time non-sworn employees with an annual budget of $16.8M. Employees work among four divisions: Operations, Services, Professional Standards and the Police Chaplain. Unique to many departments, the Danville Police Chief will also oversee Adult and Juvenile detention facilities and animal control. Adult Detention has 36 sworn and 2 non-sworn employees and Juvenile Detention has 49 full-time and 12 part-time non-sworn employees.

A demonstrated commitment to Community Oriented Policing (COP) with documented successes will be an essential criterion of selection for the next Chief. Competitive candidates will have a history of “walking the talk” in addressing the complexity of reasons for crime including the need to embrace and include the COP philosophy throughout the department and in every position, setting high standards of accountability for balancing law enforcement strategies with collaborative engagement, and proactively establishing and negotiating innovative partnerships to solve community problems.

A challenge is that Danville’s violent crime rate has seen an uptick in the last two years. The next chief must have experience effectively and successfully tackling this problem using multiple methods that go beyond law enforcement strategies alone. This is a crucial challenge the Chief will be faced with and s/he must play a vital and visible role in working across the community to problem solve, collaborate and create successful coalitions. The Chief is expected to play a proactive role in the criminal justice system to create a path for the Danville Police Department to be a leader in building trust and relationships that create effective responses to reduce crime statistics and ensure a secure and safe quality of life for all in this lovely community. Additional information about the City can be found at

Qualifications: The position requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration or closely related field; Master’s degree and advance training desirable (such as the FBI National Academy or Southern Police Institute). Must have ten (10) years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience to include patrol, criminal investigations, supervision and top departmental management, including at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible management experience at the rank of Captain or higher; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Must possess and maintain (or be qualified and willing to timely obtain the required police chief certifications through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Must also possess and maintain a valid Virginia driver's license. There is a residency requirement to live within the corporate city limits of Danville within 18 months of appointment to the position. The hiring range is $115,000 -$149,476 annually. Starting salary will depend on experience and qualifications.

To confidentially apply for this position, please go to, click “Client Openings” (or paste into your browser) and then the Chief of Police - Danville link. All applications must be fully completed and submitted via the online portal. The position will close October 30th. An assessment center will be held December 7-8 in Danville for selected semi-finalists.

All inquiries should be emailed to EEO Employer. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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