Leesburg, VA (July 27, 2016) – Following a nationwide search, the Town of Leesburg found its new police chief close to home.
Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced Tuesday night that Gregory Brown, a captain with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, has been selected as Leesburg’s next police chief. He will begin his new post Oct. 3. He replaces Joseph Price, who retired in March after 16 years leading the department.
Brown will be the town’s first black police chief and the highest ranking minority in the town’s government. His appointment comes at a time of increased racial tensions nationwide and follows a push by the Town Council to pursue diversity in the town’s hiring practices.
“I am both honored and humbled to have been chosen as the Town of Leesburg’s next chief of police,” Brown, who was not in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting, stated in a press release. “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.”
Kara Clark Rodriguez, Loudoun Now