Fairfax City Police Chief retires


If you ask Police Chief Carl Pardiny what he’ll miss most, about his job as a leader of the Fairfax City Police Department, he will tell you he has trouble picking just one.

“I was tasked with starting with our first bicycle patrol unit, back in the early 90’s to support our mission and philosophy of community policing. After that, I was tasked with starting our first police canine unit,” said Pardiny.

Pardiny began his career as a young city patrol officer in 1988 and will leave his post December 1st. He created programs, including the city’s bicycle patrol and the city’s police-canine initiative.

The 30-year-veteran comes with not only years of experience under his belt, but a positive personality and a sense of humor.

The chief has served his community and now he’s giving back, that time, to his family.

“My wife and I have been married for, going on 32 years this year. She has been with me the whole time through all the challenges. She has helped me with my decision making and my children. They grew up being the children of a police officer so I know that was somewhat challenging for them, because all my cops knew who my kids were, so they didn’t get away with very much. Police officers are mothers, fathers, uncles, brothers, sisters. We are part of the community,” said Pardiny.

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