City of Fairfax, Virginia
Chief of Police


Fairfax’s next Chief of Police will lead a department of highly-respected police officers and civilian staff in a community that supports and engages with its public safety personnel. In addition to its historic downtown center, the City of Fairfax offers all the best small-town amenities, where people help their neighbors, exceptional events bring residents together, and a variety of small businesses contribute to the city’s unique character. The diligence and dedication of the City of Fairfax Police Department further support the excellent quality of life within Fairfax, as the city is ranked the sixth safest of all communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the National Council for Home Safety and Security and the second safest by Safehome. 

The Chief of Police reports directly to the City Manager and manages the overall operations of the department. The Chief is responsible for planning, administering, and staffing all departmental activities and for the training of its personnel. The Chief oversees the enforcement of all laws within the city’s legal jurisdiction and ensures efficient and effective delivery of police services to residents throughout the community. Fairfax’s Chief of Police also supervises the activity of subordinate staff in the department, provides feedback and general direction to staff, and investigates complaints of misconduct and substandard service delivery. 

The Chief of Police has six direct reports, including a Deputy Chief; four Captains who oversee Professional Standards, Administrative Services, Field Operations, and Criminal Investigations; and an Administrative Assistant. 

The minimum requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a closely related field and at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in local law enforcement and police administration, with command level experience. 

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or a directly related field and specialized training, such as graduation from the FBI National Academy or from the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). A chief with community and business engagement expertise, service in a locality with a diverse population, full-service police department experience, and demonstrated ability to foster future leaders is also preferred. 

The Chief of Police must pass an annual physical exam administered by the city. The position requires residency within a maximum of 60 minutes driving time from city limits. 

The range is $97,853-$200,601 depending upon qualifications and experience, with a generous benefits package. 

Confidential applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at 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. The position is open until filled with the first review of applications to begin November 5, 2018.