PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA...Following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process, the Board of County Supervisors announced Barry M. Barnard as the new Prince William County Chief of Police for Prince William County.
Barnard joined the Prince William County Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1976. He has had a stellar career and worked his way through the ranks serving in a variety of capacities for the Department. In 2000, he became the Assistant Chief of Police and then became Deputy Chief of Police in 2009. He was acting Chief of Police following the retirement of Chief Deane in 2012, and again following the retirement of Chief Hudson in 2016.
"We have one of the finest police departments in the nation," said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman Prince William Board of County Supervisors. "With 40 years of service with the Prince William County Police Department, Barry Barnard has been an integral part of that success. He has demonstrated his ability to lead this department and to maintain the safety of the residents of Prince William County."
"The Prince William Police Department is a dynamic group of men and women who selflessly serve this community," said Barnard. "It is truly an honor to be named the new Chief of Police, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve alongside my fellow officers and county employees in this new capacity as we continue to make Prince William County a safe place to live, work and enjoy."
Barnard received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. He resides in Prince William County with his wife, Debbie.