Floyd Allen Barley of Stephens City, who was appointed Winchester chief of police in 1980, graduated from Laurel Ridge Community College in 1975 with an associate degree in applied science with a police science specialization. He received his bachelor of science degree from Shenandoah University (then Shenandoah College) in 1978 and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico in 1979.
Barley worked for 40 years with the Winchester Police Department, from February 1957 to March 1997. He became a licensed polygraph examiner in Virginia and was promoted to sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division. He was also promoted to lieutenant in charge of investigations, records and training.
Barley’s numerous professional achievements include receiving the Exchange Club’s “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” award in 1979 and the Optimist Club’s “Respect for Law Commendation” in 1978 and 1994. He served in the Virginia Army National Guard and the U.S. Navy.
He was a founding member of the Blue Ridge Association of Chiefs of Police; a past member of the Lord Fairfax Planning District Criminal Justice Advisory Committee; the vice chair of the State Interagency Radio System Advisory Board; and a member of the Command Board of the Regional Drug Task Force.
Barley has also dedicated his time to a number of community service projects, including being an organizing board member and serving terms as vice chair and chair of CLEAN, Inc.; a board member for Kids Sake and Crime Solvers; and the regional director of the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run for Virginia Special Olympics. He has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a teen league baseball team, Habitat for Humanity and the Winchester Host Lions Club.
He participated in Laurel Ridge’s poster advertising campaign for enrollment and was presented with the Laurel Ridge Alumnus of the Year award in 1990.
Barley described his time at Laurel Ridge as hectic, because he was working full time and taking classes full time. But also, he said, it was enjoyable.
“I had some great teachers, and my time there helped me when I went on to Shenandoah University and the FBI Academy,” Barley said.
Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.