County Manager Launches Search for a New Arlington Police Chief

Published on November 13, 2020

The County Manager has launched a search for a new leader of the Arlington County Police Department. During the first phase of the search, the County is interested in hearing from the community.

"We value the perspective of every resident and business," said County Manager Mark Schwartz. "We invite you to share your insights about the types of experience, capabilities, and character best suited for this important role in Arlington County."

You can offer feedback through December 11 in two ways:

  • Provide online feedback on desired characteristics and skills for a new Chief of Police.

  • Sign up to participate in a virtual small group conversation, to share your insights with LeRoy Thompson, an external consultant bringing expertise to guide Phase 1 of the selection process.

Insights gathered from this first phase will help create the job announcement for the candidate search. The search and recruitment will begin before the end of the year and will be conducted by Polihire. Polihire brings experience assisting local governments here and across the U.S. in finding the right candidates for senior law enforcement jobs.


Police Chief Murray "Jay" Farr retired in September 2020, after serving in the Arlington County Police Department for 30 years. Charles "Andy" Penn is currently serving as Acting Chief of Police. The mission of the Arlington County Police Department is the reduction of the incidence of crime and the improvement of the quality of life in Arlington County by making it a place where all people can live safely and without fear. The Arlington County Police Department has over 350 sworn officers and about 100 civilian members serving the public. Operationally, the County is divided into 10 police beats and officers forge relationships with their respective geographically based civic associations, business alliances, and community organizations.  County Police work closely with regional partners to ensure the safety of County residents.

For questions about this process or search, contact Shareena Dixon at