City Manager Morgan Smith has selected Joe Clark as the next Police Chief for the Bainbridge Island Police Department following a lengthy and rigorous selection process.
Clark currently serves as Deputy Chief of Police for the Norfolk Police Department, where he has been employed since 1986.
During Clark’s 34-year career, he has served in numerous positions throughout the Norfolk Police Department, beginning as an officer and advancing through the ranks to the Deputy Chief role in 2017. He currently leads the day-to-day operations of the department, including the 24-hour field command, public information office, and coordination of community affairs.
Clark has a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from Saint Leo University and a Master of Science in education (with a concentration in counseling) from Old Dominion University. He is also a 2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
“I am excited to come to Bainbridge Island, not only to serve as your Chief of Police, but as an active member of this community,” said Clark. “What attracted me to BIPD was the strong relationship between the officers and the residents. I look forward to joining this team and continuing to build upon that relationship.”
Clark collaborated with the YWCA and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to establish a Family Justice Center (the first in Virginia); and worked with community partners to obtain grant funding to provide enhanced training and services under the End Abuse in Later Life Program. He also implemented a Spanish-speaking Community Police Academy to expand the Norfolk Police Department’s existing program to new residents.
In addition to his professional duties, Clark actively participates in literacy and chess programs in elementary schools. He was named ‘Tutor of the Year’ in 2017.
“Joe brings a wealth of policing experience to the City with a strong commitment to community engagement. He is the ideal choice to lead our high-performing department with his solid record of integrity and ethics,” said Smith.
An employment agreement will be brought to the City Council for approval. Clark expects to begin his duties as Police Chief in late April.