The Sheriff’s badge is worn of the left side of the uniform over the heart, and is a reminder to us of our pledge or duty to protect. The badge represents the trust of the people that we protect and serve and our allegiance to our community, the pride in our profession and the respect we have for our fellow law enforcement officers.
The Sheriff’s badge represents values such as honor, integrity, honesty, justice, kindness, compassion, sympathy, empathy, courage and bravery. A sheriff’s badge can easily be identified as a five-point star and my plan for the sheriff’s office has five points:
With over 20 years of law enforcement experience, 9.5 years in a command position with the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office, I possess the experience, knowledge and leadership to manage this office. During my 12.5 years of service to the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office, I have worked my way up through the chain of command. In each of the positions that I have served, I have made a positive change and continue to make a difference to the people that we serve and at the end of the day, that is what matters the most. Being Chief Deputy for the last 3.5 years has given me the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the office, from the day to day operations, preparing the annual compensation board budget, preparing the annual county budget, writing policies and procedures, hiring, being commander for the 60-member volunteer reserve division and the commander of the 100 member volunteer search and rescue division. I have great respect for them and I will continue to support these great volunteers because we cannot offer the level of service to our community without them. They give countless hours of their time to assist with daily operations, mental health transports parades and search and rescue call outs. My commitment is to the community and to the deputies of this office. That commitment, along with my integrity, knowledge, professionalism and experience will provide the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office with the best leadership possible.
Expand Community Programs for Youth
Continue with the Lunch Buddy Program- Deputies visit each of the elementary schools in the county to eat lunch and build relationships with the kids.
D.A.R.E - Drug Abuse Resistance Education mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives. The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. D.A.R.E teaches more than just drugs, it teaches the health and side effects of tobacco and alcohol, it teaches how to identify stress and how to deal with it, it teaches effective communication skills, it teaches about peer pressure, bullying and good decision making skills to help them lead safe and responsible lives. D.A.R.E establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, parents and teachers. Every child should have the opportunity to grow up healthy and safe, and be equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life.
Expand Community Programs for seniors
TRIAD Program – more involvement from sheriff’s office. Triad is a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies and senior organizations, focused on reducing crimes against our most vulnerable citizens: our seniors. The goal of Triad is to reduce the fear of crime and victimization among seniors by increasing awareness of scams and frauds targeting them, strengthening communication between the law enforcement and senior communities, and educating seniors on local and state resources that are available in their community.
Safety of our seniors program – This program is to check on the physical welfare and safety of seniors living alone or persons in need of special attention. The program is designed to offer comfort, security and independence for these seniors. Safety of our seniors participants are routinely contacted to make sure they are safe. It is our promise to reach out to our housebound or disabled individuals to reassure them and give them a sense of security and social connectivity.
Focusing on strengthening and building positive relationships between public safety agencies and the diverse communities we serve. Participating in neighborhood gatherings in order to engage with people of all colors, religions and cultures.
Build Communities of Trust
I will ensure that our deputies have the training and equipment needed to address ever-changing issues and stay ahead of tomorrow concerns. Maintain Accreditation with the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission keeping with the accountability and excellence in service to the community. I will continue bringing diversity into the agency and hiring candidates that have a dedication of service, human relations skills, team compatibility and excellence driven deputies. The welfare of both the office and the community hinges on the ability to recruit, retain and continually develop its deputies. When I first became a supervisor, I read a quote by Richard Branson that said “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to”. I took those words to heart. Daily, I hear deputies say “I love my job’. I take pride in knowing that I help create a working environment where the deputies want to come to work and enjoying being part of this great agency. It is my mission to hear those magical four little words; “I love my job”, day after day, month after month and year after year.