City of Williamsburg names interim police chief

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Andrew Barker (Courtesy City of Williamsburg)
Andrew Barker (Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

The City of Williamsburg announced the appointment of an interim police chief Thursday.

Williamsburg Deputy Police Chief Andrew Barker will serve as the city’s interim police chief effective Jan. 1, according to a news release. Barker will replace Police Chief David Sloggie, who is set to retire Dec. 31.

“Williamsburg is a progressive city with a modern police force that is anchored by its strong leadership,” City Manager Marvin Collins said in the release. “I have every confidence in the command staff and officers of the Williamsburg Police Department to continue making our community safe and welcoming during this period of transition.”

According to the release, the selection process for the next police chief will begin in January. The process will offer “opportunities for the public, City Council, and staff to provide input on the characteristics sought by the Williamsburg community in its next police chief,” the release stated. 

The input will be gathered through an online forum, which will start accepting comments Jan. 9. The feedback received will assist staff in drafting a position description which will be used to recruit candidates, the release stated.

Once the job description is finalized, a professional recruitment firm will be used to conduct a national search. The process, which will ultimately end in the appointment of a police chief by the city manager, is expected to take several months.