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Leesburg names new police chief after extensive search

New chief of police, Greg Brown. Courtesy/Town of Leesburg
Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced that Gregory Brown has been selected as the new Leesburg chief of police. He will begin his duties Oct. 3.

Leesburg Capt. Vanessa Grigsby has been serving as the interim chief of the town's police department since the retirement of Chief Joseph Prince on March 1. She has been promoted and will serve as the deputy chief of police.

A Captain with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Greg Brown is currently commander of the Eastern Loudoun Station. Mr. Brown has been with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office since 1997.

During his time with Loudoun County, he has served as a patrol deputy, School Resource Officer, criminal investigator, and an undercover officer in vice, narcotics and gangs. He subsequently served as a supervisor in each of these units as well as a member of the Emergency Response Team (SWAT), and the Honor Guard.

In addition, he has served as the Deputy Director overseeing all Basic Law Enforcement Training at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy. Prior to joining the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Brown was an officer with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department.

"I am both honored and humbled to have been chosen as the Town of Leesburg's next chief of police,” Mr. Brown commented said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to serving and partnering with the community beside the men and women of the Leesburg Police Department in order to further solidify a culture of trust and legitimacy with the citizens, visitors, and businesses of our town."

Town staff enlisted the services of the International Association of Chiefs of Police to conduct a nationwide search for the next Leesburg chief since February.

IACP representatives met with community residents and leaders for feedback on Leesburg’s needs and expectations while conducting their search.

A swearing in ceremony is expected to be scheduled for late September.

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