Being Sheriff is a big job. A Virginia Sheriff is required to provide court security, serve process, operate the jail, and keep records. Some Sheriff's offices, like ours, also engage in Patrol activities, post a School Resource Officer at every public school in Culpeper County, sponsor and volunteer at community events, conduct free Youth Sports Camps, provide community education opportunities such as the concealed carry classes, conduct House of Worship Watch training for faith community security, operate Youth Law Enforcement Academies and Citizen's Academies, provide funeral escorts, make free Kids ID cards, help provide holiday gifts for underserved children and seniors, and carry out countless other activities. Clearly, in this day and age it is a job too big for any one person to carry out by himself or herself.
Fortunately, a Sheriff can appoint deputies to help. Practically speaking, appointing a deputy very closely resembles a hiring process. There are applications completed, background checks undertaken, interviews conducted, and other common hiring steps. But for a deputy, there is at least one important difference – the job never lasts longer than the remainder of the Sheriff’s term. Under the law, it can’t.