Chief of Police
Murray “Jay” Farr was appointed Chief of Police in May 2015. Prior to his appointment, Jay served in the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) for 23 years, where he served in a variety of positions, including assignments as Acting Police Chief, Deputy Chief of Police for Systems Management, Operations, and Criminal Investigations. He has also served as Arlington County Acting Deputy County Manager.
Prior to joining the ACPD in 1990, Jay worked with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service where he conducted complex criminal investigations concerning fraud against the United States government. Jay is also a U.S. Marine veteran, where he served with the Presidential helicopter unit.
Jay earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from George Mason University and he has undertaken study in a number of educational programs, including the Naval Post Graduate School CDHS, FBI National Academy, Leadership Arlington and Senior Institute for Police Management – Boston University in conjunction with John F. Kennedy School of Business Management, Harvard University. He is Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, where he teaches a curriculum of criminal justice and emergency management for law enforcement.