Leesburg Nears Hiring of New Police Chief

Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler said the appointment of a new police chief could come as early as next week.

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. Nearly 90 people applied for the job. The list was cut to 21 selected for phone interviews and the top candidates were brought in for on-site interviews.

Dentler said the town is awaiting the completion of a background check before completing the hire. If all goes well, the hiring could be finalized by the Town Council’s July 26 meeting.

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