October 31st, 2014

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Job Opportunities

Buena Vista, Virginia




Successful job applicants for the City of Buena Vista must pass a pre-employment alcohol and drug-screening test and must agree to submit to random on-the-job drug testing if hired. The City of Buena Vista offers an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and life insurance and retirement for full-time positions within the City of Buena Vista.


The City of Buena Vista is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, creed, national origin, handicap, age or political affiliation. For more information on equal employment opportunity laws click here.


The City of Buena Vista is accepting applications for the following positions:


Deputy Chief of Police/Captain


Deadline: November 5, 2014


Job Description/Responsibilities

The Deputy Chief of Police is the second in command of the city’s police department and is responsible for exacting proper performance of all subordinate department personnel to ensure a safe environment for the citizens of the city. This person is responsible for the proficiency, discipline, appearance and overall professionalism of the department’s sworn and non-sworn personnel. Duties also include assisting the Chief in formulating policies and regulations for the department, overseeing the department’s training initiatives, assisting with the research and writing of grants as well as providing assistance with the overall administration of the department. The candidate will be responsible for successful completion of the state’s accreditation process.



Salary range for this position is $52,000 – $60,000, based upon experience and education. The city also offers full benefits including health care, paid vacation and sick time, VRS and life insurance.



The candidate must have an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in a closely related criminal justice field. A minimum of (7) years of progressively responsible police experience which must include at least (3) years supervisory/management duties is acceptable; current certification as a law enforcement officer and a valid Virginia driver’s license. The candidate must possess written and oral communication skills commensurate with the level of the position, as well as knowledge in computer programs.


How to Apply

Send resume and completed job application to:

City Manager

2039 sycamore Avenue

Buena Vista, VA 24416

(540) 261-8601

Please address applications to Garth L. Wheeler, Chief of Police


Water and Sewer Worker

Position: Located with the Water and Sewer department. Duties include distribution fieldwork for water and sewer systems, pump and valve maintenance, and other distribution activities. Snow removal in season. Other Public Works duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Working knowledge of common practices for water and sewer distribution systems, ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions; ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions; dependability; physical condition commensurate with the duties of the position. Ability to operate distribution related equipment such as backhoes, compactors, tapping machines etc. Valid CDL class B license. Class IV or better water/sewer license(s) and prior distribution experience preferred. Will train appropriate candidate.


Facilities Maintenance Worker

Position: Located with the facilities department. Participates in the maintenance of City properties. Under limited supervision, performs a variety of semi-skilled work to skilled work; and performs other duties as assigned. Work includes: building and, grounds maintenance activities including minor carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, and related activities.

Qualifications: Considerable knowledge and competency of the methods, tools, equipment and safety standards utilized in grounds, and facility maintenance. Ability to Troubleshoot and repair minor maintenance problems involving electrical, structural, plumbing, and equipment repair or replacement. Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions; ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions; dependability; physical condition commensurate with the duties of the position. Valid CDL class B license preferred. Other Public Works duties as assigned.


All applicants must fill out a Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment to be considered for a position within the City of Buena Vista.  Click here for an online version of the application.