Job Announcements

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. 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.



Assistant Chief of Police - Town of Riverdale Park, Maryland

The Position: This is an executive-level position within the Police Department and the position reports directly to the Chief of Police.  The Assistant Chief of Police serves as the daily operations commander with supervisory oversight of the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Commanders and the Professional Standards operation.  The position is a salaried and FLSA exempt position. 

The behavioral competencies that the candidate must demonstrate include, but are not limited to, integrity, accountability, adaptability, and service commitment.  The candidate must be a visionary with a proven record of initiative and sound decision-making.  This is a sworn-officer position. 

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be seeking a long-term career opportunity and has a minimum of five (5) years senior-level command experience with a full-service law enforcement agency.  Command experience with a police agency within the State of Maryland is preferred. Demonstrated experience with the administrative and operations components of a police department is strongly preferred.  Experience and training may substitute for formal education.  However, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field is preferred, and a master’s degree is strongly desired. The successful candidate must have, or have the ability to obtain, certification by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission within 6 months of employment and must have a valid driver’s license.  Bi-lingual, English/Spanish verbal and written communications skills are a plus. The candidate must successfully pass an in-depth background investigation. 

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DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE - Takoma Park, Maryland 


The city of Takoma Park, Maryland is pleased to announce that we seek a Deputy Police Chief. Takoma Park offers its Deputy Chief exceptional professional opportunity and an inviting quality of life in a diverse and involved community.  

The Deputy Chief will be someone who is interested in and passionate about making a positive and lasting impact on a community in a diverse, urban area through effective management of a full service police department. The Deputy Chief is a key member of the police departments leadership team and the position requires highly developed technical skills, polished communication and presentation skills, the ability to perform well under pressure, the capacity to meet deadlines, and the ability to develop and maintain credibility and trust within the department and with City staff, the public, elected officials, and cooperating agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge and experience in the management of municipal police departments, especially those providing a high level of community engagement and advanced crime prevention practices. The ideal candidate will have significant operational experience in the various ranks of a police department as his/her career has progressed and be current on contemporary best practices in policing.  

For detailed information regarding the position, City and instructions on how to apply, please see the full brochure at 

Applications are accepted online at  

The City of Takoma Park is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.