The City of Virginia Beach, VA (population 450,000) is seeking a progressive, innovative, experienced leader to serve as its next Chief of Police.  Candidates must be highly innovative, collaborative, visionary and empathetic with experience in leading and managing large, complex operations. 

Located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach is a vibrant, thriving city with national recognition for its management and quality of life.   Virginia Beach is a AAA rated, independent City established in 1963 by the merger of Princess Anne County and the City of Virginia Beach.  It is the largest city in Virginia and has a land area of 310 square miles of which 50-60 miles are inland waterways, bays and estuaries. It consistently ranks as one of the safest metropolitan cities in the country (cities over 300,000 in population).  The City is proud to be the home of Naval Air Station Oceana Naval Jet Base, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story (joint army/navy) and Camp Pendleton (state military base for National Guard training).  Virginia Beach’s economy is diverse and growing and with its strategic location in the heart of the mid-Atlantic, the City is well positioned for continued economic growth.

The City of Virginia Beach has a rich history, nationally acclaimed public schools, a wide variety of arts and entertainment and family friendly attractions for every age.   The City has a thriving tourism industry with hundreds of hotels, motels and restaurants along its 38 miles of oceanfront and pristine beaches. 

 Please note the following additional information about this career opportunity:

  • Virginia Beach is governed by the Council Manager form of government.  The City Manager is appointed by the Mayor and an 11-member City Council.  The Mayor and City Council also appoint the City Attorney, City Clerk, City Auditor and City Assessor.  The City Manager is responsible for the appointment of all department heads and the development and administration of the $2 billion annual budget of which approximately one half is the school budget.  Virginia Beach is a full-service City with over 7000 full time and part-time employees and enjoys a reputation for innovation in public service.
  • The Chief of Police is appointed by the City Manager and reports to the Public Safety Deputy City Manager.  The Chief leads a full-service police agency with a staff of approximately 1059 sworn and non-sworn personnel.   The department consists of four Divisions:  Operations, Professional Standards, Investigations and Support.  Operations, Professional Standards and Investigations are commanded by Deputy Chiefs.  Support is led by a Civilian Manager.  Department leadership also includes 12 Captains 26 Lieutenants and 94 Sergeants. The 2020-2021 proposed Operating Budget for the Virginia Beach Police Department is $106.6 million.

Candidates will ideally have a master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field along with twelve years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer, six years of which is in increasingly responsible leadership role(s). Graduation from command level training such as the FBI National Academy, the Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police or the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command is preferred. Candidates must be highly collaborative, problem solving leaders with a communicative, team-oriented management style.  

The City of Virginia Beach welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds who can demonstrate a record of achievement that matches the needs of Virginia Beach.  

Starting salary is up to $166,900. 

Application Filing Deadline:  Position will remain Open Until Filled 

Priority Screening Date:        May 18, 2020 

All application materials must be received by May 18, 2020 for a guaranteed review.  Applications received after May 18 will be considered on an as needed basis until the position is filled. 

Interested law enforcement leaders may submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references to consultants Joe De Lopez and Lee McCann at:

Electronic submissions are required.  Telephone Inquiries:  GovHR USA (847) 380-3240