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Corporation of Harpers Ferry

Police Department

How to pay Harpers Ferry police citations during the COVID-19 outbreak - 16 Mar 2020

The Harpers Ferry Police Department is taking social distancing precautions to protect you and our employees by limiting in-person transactions. Police Department offices remain open and operational; however, in-person contact will be by appointment only. During this time, all customers are encouraged to pay citations by credit card over the telephone, or by check or money order using the physical drop box at the Police Department. Click here for further information.

Residential Parking Permits

Residential Parking Permits decals are available at the Harpers Ferry Police Department. The permit fee is $5.00 per decal. Permits expire at the end of the calendar year and are not prorated. Applicants must complete the Application for Residential Parking Permit. Present the completed form, along with a current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and permit fee, to the Police Department Clerk, Susan Waters, who will process the application. If the address on the driver's license is NOT Harpers Ferry, the applicant must provide other proof of residential status (water bill, electric bill, etc.). Applications must be complete for processing. A Guest Pass may also be obtained; see the Police Department Clerk for that form. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., closed for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.


The Harpers Ferry Police Department protects and serves the citizens of Harpers Ferry. Mutual cooperative agreements with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the National Park Service allow the Police Department to assist outside the boundaries of the Town when necessary, and vice versa.

In accordance with West Virginia Code § 8-14-6 et seq., Ordinance Article 127, and a referendum approved by the voters of the Town on 8 June 1993, a Civil Service Commission, appointed by the Town Council, oversees the appointments, promotions, and other applicable provisions pertaining to officers of the Harpers Ferry Police Department.

Parking enforcement within Harpers Ferry falls under the responsibilities and authority of the Police Department, in conjunction with the Parking Committee. Residential street parking is by permit only. The application for parking permits, as well as the official parking policy, can be found in the column at right.

Police Department Staff

John D. Brown, Chief of Police
Sergeant Michael Armentrout
Corporal Steve Corbin
Corporal Daniel Ruffner
Officer Christopher J. Hill
Officer Adam Letts
Virlissa Breeden, Police Clerk

Harpers Ferry Police Officers' Civil Service Commission

SEAT 1: Sharon Spriggs (term ending 8 May 2026)
SEAT 2: Bart Wheatley (term ending 8 May 2026)
SEAT 3: Wayne Bishop (term ending 8 May 2026)

Parking Committee

Christian Pechuekonis, Chair (term ending ---)
John D. Brown, Chief of Police (term ending ---)
Patrick Tierney (term ending ---)

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Corporation of

1000 W Washington St
PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425

Telephone: 304-535-2206


Monday to Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Closed to the public on Fridays

FOIA Requests



HF Parking Policy and Permit Process

Application for Residential Parking Permit

Application for Contractor / Business Parking Permit

Application for Lodging Parking Permit

Ordinance Article 320.14 Residential permit holders' parking

Parking policy slide presentation


Office: 304-535-6366
Fax: 304-535-3046

Mailing address:
PO Box 551
Harpers Ferry WV  25425



Monday to Friday
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The Harpers Ferry Police Department is located at 1000 W Washington Street, Suite 100.