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TOL PR 2016-02-04 IACP public meetings Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Town of Leesburg Begins Search for New Chief of Police Input sessions to gather feedback on community needs and expectations of the new chief will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Leesburg, VA (February 4, 2016) – The Town of Leesburg has engaged the executive search services of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to recruit the Town’s next Chief of Police. On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, representatives from IACP will meet with community leaders and stakeholders to gather feedback on community needs and expectations. IACP will use this input to develop a position profile for the recruitment process. There will be two input sessions open to the general public. The first session will be at 12:00 noon in Ida Lee Park Recreation Center’s lower level meeting rooms (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). All are welcome to attend, but this session will be focused on gathering feedback from the business community. The second public meeting will be at 7:00pm, also at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The evening input session will be focused on gathering feedback from the community at large. “Hiring a Chief of Police is very different from hiring other leadership positions with in the Town,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg’s Town Manager. “The Town has changed dramatically in the time that Chief Price has been here. In 2000, our population was 28,311. Today, the Town’s population is almost 50,000 and we are much more diverse community. Over the past sixteen years, the Leesburg Police Department has become a highly professional, nationally recognized organization. The field of law enforcement is facing significant challenges right now, not just here but around the country. Having community input and engagement on what our residents want and expect from the Police Department and its leader is a key element in identifying the right candidates for the next Chief of Police.” The entire recruitment process is expected to take four to six months. The Town’s current Chief of Police, Joseph Price, will retire on March 1, 2016. Captain Vanessa Grigsby, Commander of the department’s Administration and Support Services Division, will serve as interim Chief following Price’s retirement. # # #