William L. Durrer

Colonel William LeMore "Bill" Durrer (October 17, 1923 – May 15, 2017) was the Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department from 1957 to 1975.

In January 1949, Private Durrer, who had been working as the dispatcher at police headquarters, was assigned to the department's Detective Bureau, becoming the fourth detective.[1]

On April 6, 1955, Sergeant Durrer was promoted to lieutenant by County Executive C. C. Massey and transferred to police headquarters from the Groveton Substation, where he had been uniform sergeant. To replace Durrer at Groveton, acting Sergeant Stanley H. Dodson's promotion was made permanent.[2]

While Major Carl R. McIntosh was ill in the hospital, Captain Durrer was appointed as acting chief of police by Carlton C. Massey on June 12, 1957.[3]

Colonel Durrer retired from the force on January 3, 1975.[4]

Following his retirement, Colonel Durrer sought election to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as the member from the Springfield District, but lost to Republican Marie B. Travesky.[5]


  1. "Promotions Announced By Fairfax County Police." Evening Star, 5 Jan. 1949, Two Star, p. 25. NewsBank. Accessed 26 Jan. 2018.
  2. "2 Fairfax Police Get Promotions" Evening Star, 7 Apr. 1955, Two Star, p. 43. NewsBank. Accessed 3 Dec. 2017.
  3. "Police Given Acting Head in Fairfax." The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959): B5. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Jun 13 1957. Web. 14 Mar. 2012.
  4. Taylor, Ronald. "King Named Police Chief by Fairfax." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): C1. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Dec 03 1974. Web. 14 Mar. 2012.
  5. "Springfield Supervisor Race." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): C11. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Oct 16 1975. Web. 14 Mar. 2012.
Preceded by
Carl R. McIntosh
Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department
1957 - 1974
Succeeded by
Richard A. King