The City of Parkersburg WV is seeking a Chief of Police to lead the premiere law enforcement agency in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The successful candidate will demonstrate a knowledge base, understanding and skill set to include:

  • Experience in the supervision of sworn law enforcement personnel, 
  • Budget construction and management, 
  • Planning and engineering organizational goals and outcomes, 
  • Collaboration with neighborhood/community organizations and partner law enforcement organizations 
  • Strategic insights in the establishment of innovative policing strategies and mechanisms for improvement including training and organizational goals 
  • Demonstrated acumen and articulation of the role of technology in policing 
  • Media Relations 
  • Innovative strategies for the recruitment and retention of Police Personnel 
  • Ability to direct and assign personnel to meet the basic department and mission-critical needs as related to scheduling, assignment of resources, training, preparedness and staffing


ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Eight years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement; graduation from a college or university with a degree in police science, criminal justice, law enforcement, or a related field is preferred; or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training. 


Considerable command experience, including not less than 8 years of supervisory duties with a full-time law enforcement agency. 


CHARTER PROVISIONS: Shall be appointed by the mayor with the approval of City Council; shall be a resident of the City and, being a resident of the City, shall not remove his or her residence from the City during the term of such appointment.


Candidates must meet all WV Code provisions for the appointment and confirmation of a Chief of Police under current state law. 

Interested candidates should remit a cover letter and resume to the City of Parkersburg Personnel Department no later than Friday January 28th at 4PM. 

City Of Parkersburg 

c/o Personnel Director 

One Government Square

PO Box 1627 

Parkersburg WV 26102 

Electronic submissions should be sent to: