Office of the Chief of Police
Sean Dunn was appointed as Williamsburg’s Police Chief in June 2017.
Prior to Williamsburg, Dunn served as police chief in Martinsville, Virginia, where he led the creation of a totally integrated community policing department with a philosophy of community engagement and responsiveness to community concerns, as well as an emphasis on intelligence-led policing.
Chief Dunn began his law enforcement career as a sworn police officer in Portsmouth in 1993. He worked his way up the ranks from uniform patrol officer to Commander (Major) in the Portsmouth (Va.) Police Department. His responsibilities included patrol operations, criminal investigations, crime analysis, crime prevention, public affairs, emergency communications, and community policing. He left Portsmouth to become Chief of Police in Martinsville in 2014.
Chief Dunn holds a master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police. He also attended the Dale Carnegie Leadership Program and the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Program.
Chief Dunn has served on a number of boards and is currently a member of the International Association for Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Alumni, Police Executive Research Forum, Virginia and Hampton Roads Association for Chiefs of Police, and the Salvation Army Williamsburg Advisory Board.