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Police Chief, City of Harrisonburg, VA
By the Novack Consulting Group
May 8, 2018 - 1:37:49 PM

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Harrisonburg is seeking their next Police Chief! This person will lead a department with a stellar record and strong community and interfaith relationships in an energetic college town within the central Shenandoah Valley. Harrisonburg, or “The Friendly City,” enjoys the presence of two universities, lively neighborhoods, an arts and cultural district, culinary district, and spectacular outdoor recreation spots nearby. The City has a history of an effective government that is fiscally sound, has stability in its leadership, interacts with an engaged citizenry, and provides exceptional services.

The Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD) is made up of 111.5 sworn police officers and 25 full-time civilian support personnel, who provide 24-hour emergency and non-emergency services to a diverse population. There are 21 auxiliary officers (volunteers) of which 13 are sworn and eight are administrative.

The command staff includes three captains who oversee Patrol, Special Operations, and Administrative bureaus and six lieutenants. There are six sergeants, nine corporals, and two civilian supervisors. Patrol operates primarily with 12-hour fixed shifts of day, nights, and a power shift during the evenings. In the current structure, the Police Chief’s direct reports are the three captains, an administrative lieutenant, internal affairs corporal, crime analyst, senior program support specialist, and two chaplains.

The Police Chief reports directly to the City Manager and works closely with the Deputy City Manager and all department directors. The position is open after the retirement of a chief who served the department for five years, who ultimately replaced a chief who served for more than 20 years.

The position requires a minimum of ten (10) years of experience as a police officer, including at least five (5) years of experience in supervision and management in a command rank or higher. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police administration, psychology, or related field is also required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, specialized training such as the FBI National Academy, CLEE (Certified Law Enforcement Executive), or the Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville, and experience in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Other preferred qualifications include a demonstrated commitment to the community, change leadership, extensive knowledge of community-oriented policing techniques, experience working in a college town and in a multi-racial and multi-cultural community, and the ability to attract and retain a well-qualified, diverse workforce. The successful applicant must pass a background investigation, credit check, DMV review, and City-mandated drug and alcohol testing. The position requires possession of a driver’s license valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Must possess Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services law enforcement certification within 12 months of hire date or be granted a waiver.

The expected hiring range is$115,000 - $125,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with first review of applications June 8, 2018.

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