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The Town of Warsaw (population 1,824), located an hour from Richmond in Virginia’s historic Northern Neck Region, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Chief of Police. Warsaw is a growing community with many large-scale projects on the horizon that will require a dynamic leader of the department who will establish a vision aligned with the goals of the Town. The department currently consists of 4 FT and 1 PT employee(s) and will operate within a proposed FY23 budget of $437,311.

This position will serve under the direct supervision of the Town Manager and Town Council.  The potential employee will perform a wide array of functions within both the department and the community, ranging from large-scale tasks and community events to daily department functions and operations.  This position is full-time with an excellent benefits package that includes health, vision, and dental insurance at no cost to the employee, paid time off and holiday pay, and inclusion into the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) and supplemental LEOS retirement benefits. The Chief of Police will also receive a take-home vehicle and cell phone.  Salary range will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.            

Essential Job Functions

The Chief of Police is an appointed position that serves at the pleasure of the Warsaw Town Council and, as such, is directly accountable to both the Council and citizens of Warsaw. The Chief of Police will report to and will work closely with the Town Manager, providing updates regarding community policing initiatives, statistics, grant opportunities, and will work to update the department’s standard practices and procedures to align with current police best practices. The Chief will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Be present and highly visible in the community, be a member of various community organizations, be present at most/all community events.
  • Report to Town Council once a month regarding department performance, initiatives, summonses, statistics, etc.
  • Work with the Town Manager regarding policies, procedures, and best practices, budget creation and capital improvement items, etc.
  • Ensure all department employees are held to the highest standard, working to keep track of trainings and certifications, scheduling, etc.
  • Deter crime, ensure summonses are being written in an amount that’s commensurate with violations, and address issues that affect the quality of life in Town.
  • All other duties that are commensurate with the position of Chief of Police and all other duties as assigned by the Town Manager or Town Council.


Employment Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or a related field is preferred. 7 – 10 years of pertinent experience may be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
  • 2-5 years of experience as a Chief/Sheriff or other leadership role is preferred.
  • Possession of DCJS Certification, ability to pass required background check(s), possession of valid VA Motor Vehicle License.
  • Occasional weekend and holiday work will be required, as needed.
  • Knowledge of new and emerging technologies within police, administrative, and public sector fields.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds may be required.
  • Ability to work independently and maintain ethical and professional relationships with employees, coworkers, Council, and outside organizations.
  • Knowledge of all federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Must pass a brief competency examination during the final interview process.


Application Process & Submission Date

Applications can be found at the Town of Warsaw website at www.townofwarsaw.com, or at the Warsaw Town Office located at 78 Belle Ville Lane, Warsaw, Virginia 22572. Application review will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

Along with your application, please submit a resume with no less than three (3) references. Applications may be submitted to Joseph Quesenberry, Town Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at the Town Office at the above address. Any questions may be directed to the Town Office at (804) 333-3737. The Town is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all backgrounds.  


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