Deputy County Executive for Public Safety

Prince William County, VA | Full-time


Our Community

Prince William is the second largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a population of approximately 482,204 (2020 Census). We are a young community with a median age of 35.2.  Approximately 9.5% of the population is age 65 or older and 31.6 percent of family households have children under the age of 18. We are the second largest school district in the state with 89,076 students (as of Sept. 30, 2020).

In recent decades, the population of Prince William County has become increasingly diverse, both racially and ethnically. Prince William County is now a “majority minority” community, with less than half of the population (38.4%) reported as non-Hispanic and of one race (White).  

Our workforce is highly educated with more than 40% of our population ages 25 and over holding a college degree. Prince William County is in the center of Northern Virginia’s workforce of more than 1.6 million people and has a median home value of $382,400.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 482,204
  • Median Household Income: $107,132
  • No. of Students: 89,076
  • Citizens with a Degree: 40%

Regional Proximity

  • Distance from D.C.: 20 miles
  • Dulles International Airport: 16 miles
  • Ronald Reagan National Airport: 18 miles

Our Government

Prince William County operates under the county executive form of government. The eight-member Board of County Supervisors serves as the policy-making body for the organization. The Board appoints a County Executive to act as the Chief Administrative Officer and oversee the organization daily. The county provides a full range of services, including public safety, community development, human services, and general government and administration. The county’s FY 2022 total General Fund operating budget is $1.3 billion. The organization staffs approximately 5,077 FTEs.

Guiding Principles

Prince William County government is a vision and values driven organization. We are public servants proudly dedicated to the Prince William County community, and we faithfully perform our duties consistent with the vision, values and leadership philosophy of the organization.

Leadership at all Levels


  • Employers are our most valuable resource.
  • We make a positive difference in our community.
  • Employers thrive when they are trusted, included, respected and supported at all levels.


  • Our Vision and Values guide our actions.
  • We embrace change and adapt.
  • We actively engage.
  • We communicate and collaborate at all levels.


Prince William County Government is an organization where elected leaders, staff, individuals, families and businesses work together to make Prince William County a community of choice.

We do the right thing for the customer and community every time. 

We are a learning organization and we rely on leadership at all levels to achieve our Vision.


  • Respect: We believe everyone has value, and we show consideration for all customers and fellow employees.
  • Integrity: We have the courage to do what is right, honest and fair every time. We do what we say we will do. We honor our commitments.
  • Creativity: We are innovative in achieving excellence. We find better ways to do the right thing. 
  • Teamwork: We support and encourage each others as we work together to achieve our Vision. We value everyone's contributions and strengths. 
  • Excellence: We set high standards for ourselves. We exceed expectations for how we interact with customers and for the service we provide.
  • Responsibility: We seize the opportunity to do the right thing in carrying out our commitments and obligations. 

Executive Management

The Office of Executive Management (OEM) provides day-to-day leadership and administrative oversight of county agencies to accomplish the strategic goals of the Board of County Supervisors and to ensure effective and efficient performance of county government services while maintaining fiscal responsibility and accountability. OEM provides operational strategic guidance, as well as policy direction and development, and is committed to achieving the county’s vision of working together with elected leaders, staff, businesses and members of the community to make Prince William County a community of choice. OEM is committed to serving the county’s diverse and dynamic workforce by leading and building upon the organization’s culture of equity, inclusion, diversity, trust, respect, recognition and engagement.

Public Safety

Public Safety is the second-largest functional area in the organization, with combined agency budgets of approximately $400 million and more than 2,500 employees. These agencies are committed to achieving the county’s public safety strategic plan goals. The Deputy County Executive for Public Safety will have oversight responsibility for the following departments:

Criminal Justice Services: Prince William County Criminal Justice Services (CJS) promotes public safety by reducing recidivism. CJS serves the courts and community by providing efficient, effective, innovative assessment and supervision programs that empower clients to achieve success and improve individual growth. CJS consists of three programs: Pretrial Supervision, Local Offender Probation Services and the Domestic Violence Program. These programs serve the Thirty-First Judicial District, which includes Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.

Fire and Rescue: The Prince William County Fire and Rescue System (PWCFRS) is the second  largest combination system in Virginia and provides educational,  prevention and emergency services to Prince William County and its surrounding jurisdictions. The PWCFRS is comprised of eight volunteer agencies and one career agency, with the career fire chief as the System Chief. Collectively, all nine agencies work together to staff 22 fire and rescue stations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Police: The Prince William County Police Department aims to deliver efficient and effective police services through a shared responsibility with our community that enhances the quality of life and strengthens public trust. The department is a nationally accredited law enforcement agency, providing 24/7  coverage to residents, business owners and visitors in the county. With an authorized strength of more than 700 sworn officers, the department is comprised of four divisions and 13 bureaus, including patrol services, specialty units and investigative and support resources.

Public Safety Communications: The Department of Public Safety Communications (PSC) is the cornerstone of the county’s comprehensive public safety response system. The department facilitates the flow of information in a seamless and rapid manner, and provides aid, comfort and instructions to the public prior to the arrival of police and fire and rescue field resources. PSC operates a 24-hour  consolidated call processing and dispatch center for all 911 and non-emergency requests for the Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, and Fire & Rescue services within the county and the incorporated towns. Fire & Rescue calls for service are also processed and dispatched for the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.

In addition, the Deputy County Executive for Public Safety will act as a liaison to the independent public safety agencies, to include the Adult Detention Center, Clerk of the Court, Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney, General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and Sheriff’s Office.

The priorities of the Deputy County Executive for Public Safety, include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and manage new public safety oversight function in Executive Management, to include metrics for each area of direct responsibility
  • Work with the Deputy County Executive for Human Services to improve alignment between public safety agencies and human service agencies and create efficient and effective cross-functional relationships

The Position

The Deputy County Executive for Public Safety is a highly competent leader with a successful track record of implementing new policies and procedures through strategic organizational change. The ideal candidate has exceptional communication skills and can articulate and apply complex laws in practical and understandable ways across the organization. This change management practitioner is fully committed to progressive and strategic management practices with strong relationship-building skills enabling accountability and transparency around progress. The successful candidate motivates employees and fosters a collaborative work environment, and will have a strong foundation in leadership and experience managing criminal justice and public safety administrative services.

This role delegates considerable authority for the performance of technical and administrative activities but retains responsibility for results obtained. Work is performed under the management direction of the County Executive, and may serve as Acting County Executive in the absence of the County Executive.


  • Exercises managerial policy and management control over areas  to include public safety and administrative services functional areas, as well as special task forces or other functional groups;
  • Exercises management and coordination over various functions within the County Executive’s Office to include administrative support, community and intergovernmental relations and policy and services coordination;
  • Represents and speaks on behalf of the County Executive in regional and intergovernmental organizations, negotiations and projects;
  • Manages and directs policy and plan implementation activities;
  • Monitors performance of departments, staff functions and activities;
  • Serves as the Deputy Emergency Management Director in the absence of the County Executive.


  • Ability to provide strategic guidance and supervision to assigned county departments;
  • Ability to facilitate problem solving of complex issues, resolving resident  or business conflicts or complaints, as well as addressing and answering Board inquiries and requests;
  • Participates in senior staff discussions, meetings and processes, which lead to assisting the County Executive with decision making on organization-wide, as well as specific issues;
  • Comprehensive and broad knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and of the issues and policy problems which must be resolved at the highest levels of municipal government;
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and develop comprehensive plans from general instructions;
  • Ability to promote, encourage and lead collaboratively in developing, recommending and articulating goals, objectives, direction, strategic initiatives, policies and procedures for county-wide application;
  • Ability to promote innovation, critical thinking, and creativity in developing approaches and solutions to county needs;
  • Ability to review and analyze legislation for impact on the county and recommend revisions as appropriate;
  • Ability to represent the county on local and intergovernmental committees involved with local, regional, state and federal matters of importance; act as a liaison with outside agencies and organizations; participate in inter-agency or other meetings and conferences;
  • Ability to make presentations to elected and appointed officials, regulatory agencies, department heads and staff, as well as public or private agencies and groups;
  • Ability to respond to inquiries from county management, elected and appointed officials, and the general public;
  • Ability to handle multiple demands and priorities simultaneously, to perform highly detailed work under changing deadlines, and to be resourceful in managing new situations;
  • Ability to handle emergency and/or crisis situations and make quick and sound decisions;
  • Ability to demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community;
  • Knowledge of large scale emergency management practices and FEMA standards.


Minimum requirements include 10 years of progressively responsible leadership, management and supervisory experience as a department director, assistant or manager in a complex, diverse, local government organization with oversight of public safety, criminal justice or administrative services.

Any combination of relevant education, skills, experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform and provides for the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work may be considered.

Preferred qualifications include demonstrated success in criminal justice reform, community relations and engagement, working in a multicultural and fast-growing community, and increasing ethnic and racial diversity for first responders. A master’s degree is ideal but not required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Prince William County Personnel Policy requires the selected candidate to reside in Prince William County following appointment. Must pass a criminal background check.


The hiring range is $137,901-$229,835 plus benefits.


Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2021.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

Prince William County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity.

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