Chief of Police

Job Title: Chief of Police

Salary range: 57,000.00

Location: Coeburn Virginia

Department: Police Department

Hours: Full Time

Start date: When Filled

Job Description:

The Town of Coeburn is nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and is situated in the southeastern portion of Wise County, just off Route 58. Town of Coeburn was incorporated in 1894, receiving its name Coeburn in honor of W. W. Coe, Chief Engineer of the N&W Railroad, and Judge W. E. Burns.

Town of Coeburn is honored to be the home of Jim & Jesse and Ralph Stanley II, Coeburn is also widely known today for its beautiful downtown, complete with antique lamps, brick sidewalks, and pedestrian bridges. The town spans 1.9 square miles and is home to approximately 2,000 people.

The Town is seeking a professional, approachable, innovative, and energetic community leader to serve as the next Chief of Police. The ideal candidate will have the ability to:


  • Serves as the chief executive officer of the department and the final authority in all matters of policy, operations, and discipline of 7 sworn officers and one administrative assistant.
  • Exercises all lawful powers of his office and issues lawful orders as necessary for the effective performance of the department.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, controls, and staffs all functions of the department.
  • Ensures efficient operation of the department.
  • Communicates with the Town Manager on a regular basis.
  • Reports to Town Council at regular meetings and workshops.
  • Communicates and develops partnerships with local citizens, the local government, and other related agencies.
  • Ensures that all members of the department are properly trained.
  • Enhances the quality of life in the community using problem-solving approaches to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
  • Fosters mutual accountability for police resources and strategies among citizens, members of the department, and the town council.
  • Develops a public-service orientation in performing all police tasks.
  • Makes recommendations for the adoption of new town ordinances or the amendment of existing ones.
  • Devises administrative guidance and promulgates it both orally and in writing, creating and maintaining a manual of orders including policies, rules and regulations, and general orders.
  • Supervises the maintenance and good order of vehicles and equipment.
  • Prepares periodic and special reports for administrative and operational purposes and ensures that adequate records are maintained of all department activities.
  • Controls the expenditure of department appropriations and prepares an annual budget.
  • Plans, coordinates, or administers training of employees in policies, rules and regulations, and general orders, in the performance of their duties thereby, and in the proper use of equipment.
  • Cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in the apprehension and detention of wanted persons.
  • Accepts complaints or inquiries about police service and conducts internal investigations as appropriate. Investigates all cases of alleged or apparent misconduct by employees.
  • Attends civic and school meetings to explain the activities and functions of the police department, and to establish partnerships, and devise solutions for community problems.
  • Ensures compliance with all laws which the department has the authority to enforce.
  • Organizes, directs, and controls all resources of the department to preserve the peace, protect persons and property, and enforce the law.
  • Establishes a routine of shifts and daily duties to be performed by employees, designating a chain of command.
  • Assigns, details, or transfers any member or employee of the department to or from any assignment whenever necessary for the efficiency, discipline, or morale of the department.
  • Supervises the safekeeping of all evidence and any property recovered, found, or confiscated.
  • Maintains personnel records to include performance evaluations, background investigation results, complaints, awards, and leave balances.
  • Actively promotes crime-prevention strategies and methods, knowledgeably advising citizens and businesses on crime prevention.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The salary for this position is commensurate with education and experience. The Town offers full time employees benefits and the Virginia Retirement System.

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for five professional references, and a Town application to be considered for the position. Town applications may be obtained via the Town’s website at:

Applicants should send all application materials to:

Mr. William Sturgill, Town Attorney

P.O. Box 3458

Wise, Virginia 24293

This position will remain open until filled.

The Town of Coeburn is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • A high school diploma is required, preferably with at least two (2) years of college or completion of the FBI National Academy or equivalent management school.
  • Certification as a law enforcement officer.
  • Must possess or be eligible for DCJS certification.
  • Possession of a valid Virginia driver's license.
  •  Possession of current First Aid certification.
  •  Extensive experience in a variety of law enforcement tasks and functions, coupled with supervisory experience.