Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced this morning that Capt. Vanessa Grigsby will serve as interim chief of police, following Chief Joseph Price’s retirement March 1.
“I am confident that under Vanessa’s leadership the Leesburg Police Department will continue to provide the excellent protection that our residents rely upon,” Dentler said in a statement announcing the selection. “Her breadth of first-hand experience and knowledge of the department’s operations will prove invaluable in this new role.”
Grigsby joined the department in 1996. For the past year, she has served as division commander of Administration and Support Services. She previously served as commander of the Criminal Investigations Section and as a patrol district commander. She also has worked as a patrol sergeant, school resource officer, patrol officer and detective.
A Loudoun Valley High School graduate, Grigsby holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a 2013 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico. Prior to her career in law enforcement, she served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an administrative specialist and intelligence analyst, with assignments in Germany, Spain, and Fort Huachuca, AZ.
Price announced in January that he would retire after leading the department for 16 years. The town is conducting a nationwide search for Price’s successor through the International Association of Chiefs of Police. That process is expected to take four to six months.