Edwin C. Roessler Jr. Named Fairfax County's Acting Police Chief

March 19, 2013

News Highlights

  • Roessler has 24 years of law enforcement experience.
  • He will serve as acting police chief until the Board of Supervisors makes a permanent appointment.
  • The appointment as acting chief is effective March 23.

Fairfax County Executive Ed Long has appointed Edwin C. Roessler Jr. as acting police chief. Roessler replaces Lt. Col. James Morris, who has been serving in that capacity since October. Morris has accepted the position of police chief for the Town of Vienna and will retire from Fairfax County effective March 22. Roessler's appointment is effective March 23.

A 24-year veteran of law enforcement, Roessler has served as deputy chief of patrol since 2010, managing crime fighting efforts across eight district stations in addition to managing the Animal Services Division. Serving as deputy chief, he has managed police emergency responses to a variety of natural disasters and tactical operational events, deployed personnel to the recent Presidential Inauguration and managed patrol assets committed to solving several multijurisdictional crimes. Roessler also directs strategic planning initiatives for the department to ensure a high standard of service delivery as future infrastructure growth is planned in many communities throughout Fairfax County.

Roessler began his law enforcement career with the New York City Department of Investigation before joining the Fairfax County Police Department as a patrol officer. He has served in every rank up to and including deputy chief. Prior senior command assignments have included the Internal Affairs Bureau, director of the Criminal Justice Academy, managing the department’s budget and human resources and leading a Patrol Bureau division that included the Animal Services Division, the Crime Analysis Unit and the construction of the Sully District Station. In addition to these command assignments, he led efforts that created the Incident Support Services program serving department members and their families, the Athletic Trainer Coordinator program and several other innovative employee support service programs.

Roessler also has served as both a supervisor and commander of the Civil Disturbance Unit and actively volunteered for a variety of operational and administrative assignments to support ancillary strategic growth endeavors related to increasing agency services to the community. Currently, he serves as a senior advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its international police education and training program in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the American University and the police department.

Roessler received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his graduate degree from the George Washington University. During his career he also has graduated from a variety of professional development programs including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute and National Academy, American University’s Key Executive Graduate Program, the United States Military Academy West Point Leadership Program and Leadership Fairfax. Roessler’s professional affiliations include the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Human Resource Committee, FBI National Academy Associates and the Society for Human Resource Managers.

Roessler will receive an annual salary of $183,815.



Acting Chief Roessler



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