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Welcome to the Town of Smithfield's Employment center.  We are currently recruiting for the following positions:


Planning & Zoning Administrator 

Positon Closes: Open until Filled

Salary: Begins at $57,974

Under general supervision, oversees the daily operations of planning, zoning and code enforcement. Duties include maintaining and administering plans, ordinances and codes, representing town boards, and coordinating the review of development applications, site plans, subdivision plans and plats for compliance with planning and zoning regulations. Assists property owners and other parties with planning and zoning related issues. Work involves assigning, supervising and reviewing the work of the Planner and Planning Technician/Code Enforcement Official.


  • Maintains and administers zoning ordinance, subdivision ordinance, Chesapeake Bay ordinance and program and Flood Plain ordinance and program.  Coordinates zoning permit, special use permits and rezoning applications and Comprehensive Plan and ordinance updates and amendments.
  • Coordinates application and review of site plans, subdivision plans and plats for compliance with related ordinances, regulations and standards.
  • Performs residential site plan reviews for zoning, environmental and erosion and sediment control compliance.
  • Coordinates with outside agencies and performs zoning and environmental review on subdivision and commercial plans.
  • Responsible for issuance of zoning permits once plan reviews are complete.
  • Prepares correspondence to adjacent property owners and applicants regarding planning and zoning related activities and services.  Mails public notices to property owners concerning public hearings.
  • Creates maps on GIS, maintains layers and database for all town departments.
  • Coordinates GIS data mapping and addresses with Isle of Wight County and creates zoning distribution maps and future land use maps.
  • Meets with and response to questions/requests from property owners, applicants, developers and other interested parties regarding planning, zoning and environmental issues.
  • Researches property information; creates and maintains project files.
  • Enters data into zoning permit databases and maintains files in automated information system.
  • Generates and presents agenda and attends Planning Commission and Board of Historic and Architectural Review meetings as Staff Representative on a monthly basis, oversees the same for the Board of Zoning Appeals. Presents planning and zoning related issues to the Town Council.  
  • Oversees assigning, supervising, and reviewing work of the Planner and Planning Technician/Code Enforcement Official.
  • Assists Director with various management related and special projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with course work emphasis in planning, public administration or a related field.
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in public planning work.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred.
  • Must possess VA Association of Zoning Officials Certified Zoning Administrator (CZA) certification or be willing to obtain within one year of employment.
  • DEQ Erosion & Sediment Control Combined Administrator Certification required or willing to obtain within one year of employment.
  • Must possess excellent attention to detail.
  • Requires strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS software as well as MS Office applications required.
  • Must possess a customer service focused attitude.
  • Must possess knowledge of operating standard office equipment.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.


 Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 50 pounds).

 Requires the ability to perform skilled coordinated movements, such as inspecting sites, driving a vehicle and using a keyboard.

 Tasks may risk exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as weather, traffic, dust, odors and noise.

Patrol Officer  - Smithfield Police Department (Essential Personnel)

Position Closes: Open Until Filled

Salary Range: $40,126 - $62,195

 A Patrol Officer performs general law enforcement work in order to preserve public peace and order; to protect lives, property and rights of the public, and to enforce the laws, and to diminish crime and provide a safe environment in the Town of Smithfield.  Work involves patrolling of Town to deter crime or apprehend and/or arrest violators or suspects; responding to calls for law enforcement assistance and gathering information for criminal investigations.   The employee is subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work. Performs related work as required. 


  • Reduces the commission of crimes and maintains law enforcement by deterrence through high visibility patrol throughout the Town. Apprehends and/or arrests persons who violate statutory law and/or municipal ordinances.
  • Monitors radio calls; communicates with radio dispatcher and responds to complaints, reports of criminal events, requests for law enforcement, and domestic or public disputes.  Inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments.
  • Secures crime scenes.
  • Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects; performs searches of people, vehicles and buildings; prepares investigative reports of findings, facts and related information; makes arrests and processes arrested suspects. Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis for probable cause for criminal acts; and testifies in court.
  • Enforces traffic laws and regulations.  Detects traffic violators; performs traffic accident investigations and makes reports.  Facilitates the movement of traffic and pedestrians around accidents, disabled traffic control devices or heavily congested areas.  Assists disabled motorists.  Directs traffic for funerals and other public gatherings.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergency scenes and disaster areas.
  • Serves criminal warrants and search warrants.
  • Completes and/or reviews paperwork documenting shift activities, offenses and incidents, victim and suspect statements and other related information. 
  • Assists other law enforcement personnel and agencies.
  • Transports prisoners.
  • Participates in a variety of law enforcement training and maintains certifications; and may train other personnel on radar, firearms, chemical agents, etc.
  • Engages in public relations and community service activities and events to promote a positive image for the Department and to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community.
  • May perform boat patrolling duties on adjacent waterways.
  • Must serve on an on-call basis 24 hours a day as assigned.
  • Maintains equipment and work area.
  • Completes miscellaneous paperwork, time sheets, etc.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent  combination of work and training preferred
  • DCJS BLE Certification is preferred
  • Must possess a valid Virginia Drivers' License
  • Must possess the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear reports
  • Must possess the ability to deal professionally, courteously and fairly with the public
  • Must possess the ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances
  • Must possess the ability to become skilled in the use of firearms and the operation of police vehicles;
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to serve on an on-call basis 24 hours per day as assigned
  • Must have no felony or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude.

Successful candidate will be required to undergo a comprehensive background investigation, including drug/alcohol testing, a polygraph examination conducted by a licensed polygraph examiner, and medical examination conducted by a licensed physician.

Individuals who have tattoos of any kind that are visible while wearing the official uniform of the Smithfield Police Department (i.e. forearms, legs, hands, neck or face) are not eligible for consideration. The parameters of this restriction includ tattoos on the forearms and/or legs that cannot be completeld covered by lond sleeve uniform and/or pants while on duty.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

 Environment: Reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping environments with travel from site to site. The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration; potentially hostile environments; extensive public contact.

 The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may be very loud due to sirens, firearm training, etc. Incumbents required to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel outside Town boundaries to attend meetings.

 Physical:  Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a law enforcement setting and an office setting; restrain or subdue individuals; walk, stand, sit, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push,

pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift and/or move heavy weights; operate office equipment including use of computer keyboard; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to speak and hear to exchange information; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; ability to operate and use specialized law enforcement tools and equipment including guns and handcuffs.

 Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

 Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.



The Town of Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applications for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.