Prince William County recently announced the selection of Peter Newsham as its new Police Chief. Prince William County launched an exhaustive five-month recruitment effort in search of the right person for the Police Chief position. The County government received 50 applications from 16 states plus Washington D.C. in a national recruitment effort for the position. GovHR USA, a national recruiting firm specializing in government hiring, was retained by the County to assist with this recruitment effort.
GovHR USA gathered input from the Board of County Supervisors, County Executive, and the Police Citizens Advisory Board, and surveys of both members of the Police Department and residents of the County prior to advertising for the position.
GovHR USA posted the Police Chief position with 19 focused recruiting sites and through targeted emails. They also reached out to 352 tailored applicants in the Midwestern and Eastern states. Over 6,000 GovHR USA job seekers received an email announcement as well. GovHR USA then conducted a comprehensive screening of all 50 candidates, narrowing down the field to the top 15 candidates to be reviewed by the County Executive. The 15 remaining candidates completed three essays on topics relating to present-day Policing practices.
The County Executive reviewed and considered all the information provided in narrowing the candidate pool to the top six who were invited to participate in the Zoom interviews conducted by the County Executive and a very diverse panel assembled for this purpose. Those panel members included Elijah Johnson, Deputy County Executive, Michelle Robl, County Attorney, Amy Ashworth, Commonwealth Attorney, Glenn Hill, Sheriff, and three PWC residents active in the community and very familiar with law enforcement. The panel evaluated all the information provided by the candidates, including their essay responses, and evaluated each candidate's response to questions asked during the formal Zoom interview. The strongest four candidates moved forward by the County Executive to be interviewed in person by the Board of County Supervisors. After a comprehensive interview process, the Board of County Supervisors selected and appointed Peter Newsham to be the next Prince William County Police Chief. Chief Newsham will start with the County on February 1, 2021.
"We are very excited to have Chief Newsham join the Prince William team as our new Police Chief. The experience he brings to PWC will continue our long-established tradition of providing excellent policing services to the residents and businesses of Prince William County," said Prince William County Executive Chris Martino.
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