Major James “Jim” Mooney joined the Charlottesville Police Department in 1994 and was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in October 2020. As second-in-command, Major Mooney’s new role is overseeing the day-to-day operations of the police department’s four divisions, and assisting Chief RaShall Brackney as needed, particularly as the department and community continue to reimagine the role of policing in Charlottesville.
Major Mooney previously served the majority of his career (2001 – 2016) in the Investigations Division as a Detective and Detective Sergeant. Mooney was promoted to Lieutenant in 2016 and served as a Patrol Commander for 2 years, before returning to Investigations as a Captain in 2019.
Assistant Chief Mooney is a life-long resident of Charlottesville and a 1985 graduate of Albemarle High School. When he is away from work, Mooney is a die-hard Virginia sports fan, an occasional golfer, and loves spending time with his wife and three children.