The Town of Leesburg is getting closer to the selection of a new police chief.
Town Manager Kaj Dentler confirmed Monday that a group of finalists for the position will soon be brought in for on-site interviews. It will be the town’s first new police chief in almost two decades, following Joseph Price’s retirement in March after 16 years of service. Vanessa Grigsby, a 20-year department veteran, is serving as interim chief.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police was contracted by the town to help in the nationwide search to find Price’s replacement. As IACP representatives predicted, the 86 applicants who applied for the job indicated the Leesburg police chief position is indeed an “attractive” one, Dentler said.
“We had a very strong response not only in volume but in quality of candidates,” he said.
Of the 86 who applied, the group was whittled down to 21 for which phone interviews were conducted. That group of candidates has been further reduced to a smaller group to be brought in for on-site interviews.
Dentler said the goal remains to have a new chief selected, and a public announcement made, by the end of July. He still hopes to have the new chief installed and working by September.
“Everything will depend on who the candidate is and where they’re coming from,” he said.