The chief law enforcement officer in the county
Full office description
- The sheriff is an elected official who operates the county jails, keeps courtrooms secure during trials, and keeps the public safe through law enforcement.
- Sheriffs are responsible for serving court papers, executing arrest warrants, providing law enforcement in county areas, and working with city law enforcement to keep population centers safe.
- Most sheriffs in Virginia are elected in odd years for four year terms. Elections are partisan.
How this impacts you
Public Safety — The sheriff runs law enforcement for areas outside of cities, so they decide who to arrest, which crimes to focus on, and which 911 calls to respond to.