Purcellville Appoints Lt. Barry Dufek as Chief of Police

PURCELLVILLE, VA, June 26, 2024 — The Town of Purcellville has announced the appointment of Lt. Barry Dufek as its new Chief of Police, effective July 1, 2024. The Purcellville Town Council confirmed the decision during its June 25 meeting.

“The Town conducted an extensive search with the assistance of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police to identify the individual who would best serve Purcellville and the Police Department,” said Purcellville Mayor Stanley J. Milan, Sr. “Barry has proven to be a dedicated leader in our community and a solid leader committed to public safety.”

Lt. Dufek brings 24 years of law enforcement experience, including the past eight years with the Purcellville Police Department. He is a graduate of the 281st session of the FBI National Academy and holds a master’s degree in public safety from the University of Virginia. Additionally, he completed the Leadership Loudoun executive development program and served as the President of the Emerick Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization.

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the next Police Chief for the Town of Purcellville,” said Lt. Dufek, a 12-year resident of the town. “My commitment as the new Chief will be to foster a strong, collaborative relationship with our community, prioritizing safety, trust, and transparency. Together, we will work to create an environment where every resident feels secure and valued, and where our collective efforts make Purcellville a thriving and inclusive place to live, do business, and visit. I am excited to work with such a talented group of individuals and look forward to the next chapter of the Purcellville Police Department. I also would like to thank Dave Dailey for serving as the Interim Chief during this transitional time for the department.”

Lt. Dufek succeeds former Police Chief Cindy McAllister, who retired on May 1, 2024, after nearly nine years of service to Purcellville and over 42 years in law enforcement in northern Virginia.

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