Fairfax City Police Chief Carl Pardiny to Retire
Ask Police Chief Carl Pardiny what he’ll miss most about his job as a leader of the department, and his answer comes without hesitation.
“The people in our community,” says the 30-year veteran of Fairfax City’s police department. “Because I’ve walked and biked every square mile of our neighborhoods literally thousands of times, the people who live in this city are not only the folks I’ve sworn to protect, but also my friends. We’re lucky to have such wonderful people in our community. I’ll miss them greatly, but I know our department will continue the tradition of outreach to build bonds of trust to keep our neighborhoods, schools, streets and businesses safe.”
Pardiny, who began as a city patrol officer in 1988 and will leave his post December 1, was instrumental in the creation of many innovative programs, including the city’s bicycle patrol and the city’s police-canine initiative. He also developed and launched the department’s first evidence-based community policing projects. His experience in the city’s police department is extensive, from firearms-facility administration to employee-training oversight, and from helping achieve national accreditation to leading the department’s internal-affairs investigation team.
“We’ll miss Carl’s steady and calm leadership and his uncanny ability to reach out to those in our community, regardless of their age or background,” says David Hodgkins, the city’s acting city manager. “On behalf of our team here at city hall and the mayor and council, we thank Carl for his service to the people of Fairfax City, and we wish him and his wonderful family the very best in the years to come.”
The city has engaged an executive search firm — The Novak Consulting Group — to find exemplary candidates regionally and nationally to fill the city’s police chief position. Those who want to learn more about the opening or to apply may click here.