Harding announces Re election.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you as Sheriff of Albemarle County. I have recently announced that I will be seeking another term and I am asking you for your support and for your vote.

In 2007 I pledged that our office would:

  • Deliver quality and professional services to the citizens of our county
  • Establish local Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • Support the expanded use of the DNA Database for solving crimes
  • Develop a Inmate Workforce program for non-violent inmates

I am proud to say that we have been able to accomplish the first three commitments that we made. Within the next few months our fourth and final campaign commitment should be accomplished. My office and I have worked hard to fulfill our commitments to the citizens. We have outlined on this web site what our team has done to accomplish these commitments.

Being Sheriff of Albemarle County has brought a higher level of satisfaction than I ever envisioned. After serving 30 years with the Charlottesville Police Department, overseeing major crimes and narcotic investigations, I have gained deep respect and appreciation for the many facets of our Sheriff’s Office. I am fortunate to be working with a department that is comprised of dedicated and professional deputies. Additionally our support staff and volunteer citizens are an integral part of what makes the Albemarle County Sheriffs Office one of Virginia’s finest. It is to them that I give the credit for providing excellent service to our citizens. Our accomplishments during my first term have shown that I am not a Sheriff who is satisfied with performing the minimal services as mandated by state law. I receive much satisfaction in going beyond the norm and creating positive change. Change that effect every citizen in our community.

There are many challenges ahead for our community and for the criminal justice system. Our office will continue to be prepared to work with you to meet and to overcome these challenges.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our web site. I invite you to also visit the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office web site at www.albemarleso.org.

I look forward to serving you and this community for four more years as your Sheriff.