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VSI Announces Inaugural Class of the VSI Certification Program

Graduates will be recognized at the Spring Conference in April

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute is pleased to announce the inaugural class of the VSI Certification Program. This program promotes, recognizes and elevates the continued individual professional development of Virginia’s sheriffs and deputies. Sheriffs and deputies serving in the Commonwealth of Virginia carry immense responsibilities as the guardians of their communities, providing effective public safety services balanced with the fair and equitable treatment of every individual they encounter.

“I congratulate the men and women who have taken time to participate in this voluntary certification program in which I am honored to be a part of,” said Sheriff Michael S. Mondul, City of Danville, President, Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute. Each member of this inaugural class has demonstrated a deep personal commitment to exemplifying the professionalism and leadership necessary to instill confidence in the public safety function.”

Members of the 2018 inaugural class include:

  • Sheriff Elizabeth Arthur, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Investigator Ronald Beach, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Colonel Karen Bowden, Hampton Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Michael Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff VanessaCrawford, Petersburg Sheriff’s Office
  • Detective Angela Deavers, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office
  • Detective Marilyn Durham, Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Major Jeffrey Ebersole, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Training Coordinator David English, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff John Gardner, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Raymond Gessner, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Timothy Hickman, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff David Hill, Nelson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Major Christopher Hines, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Mark Hollandsworth, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Michael Mondul, Danville Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Charles Partin Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Mark Poland, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • 1st Lieutenant Christopher Sawyer, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Bradford Shuler, Smyth County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chief Deputy Bradley St. Clair, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Michael Taylor, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Carlos Turner, Surry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Jeffery Walton, King William County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Darrell Warren, Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office


The VSI Certification Program was developed by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute (VSI) in cooperation with the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (VSA), the Performance Management Group at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI).

VSI will recognize and present participants of this inaugural class a certificate of completion at its spring conference April 25-27, 2018.

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