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Roanoke County Sheriff Charlie Poff Kicks Off Election Campaign

Roanoke County Sheriff Charlie Poff has officially declared his candidacy.
Roanoke County Sheriff Charlie Poff has officially declared his candidacy.

Roanoke County Sheriff Charlie Poff kicked off his election campaign this week with an announcement before more than 100 supporters.

A Roanoke County native with more than 38 years in law enforcement, Sheriff Poff was appointed last year when his predecessor, Sheriff Mike Winston, retired in November. Sheriff Poff is running for a full term.

“I am honored to serve my hometown community. I have dedicated my career to making our region safe for its citizens and their families,” said Poff.

The sheriff is responsible for courthouse security and supervision, custody, and control of the county jail. Additionally, the sheriff assists local police and other first responders with coordinated law enforcement when necessary.

Since assuming office last year, Sheriff Poff has partnered with the Roanoke County Police Department to increase participation in the Citizens Police Academy. He has also implemented the “Adopt a School” program, which partners civil process deputies with local schools to promote public safety.

“Our team of dedicated men and women in the Sheriff’s Office have proudly served Roanoke County,” Sheriff Poff said. “We want to continue to serve our community.”

Poff will face a challenger in the upcoming election, Eric Orange, an officer with the Roanoke County Police Department. Orange previously worked in the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office for about four years.

Over the next several months, Sheriff Poff said he looks forward to sharing his nearly four decades of experience with voters.

Sheriff Poff began his career with the Vinton Police Department, where he was named “Outstanding Young Police Officer Award” for his assistance in solving a string of robberies that occurred in the county. He later supervised construction of the Western Virginia Regional Jail, served as superintendent of the jail authority, and has worked for both the Roanoke City and the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Offices.

“Serving as sheriff is something that I have been preparing for my entire career,” said Sheriff Poff. “This election is about having the right kind of experience to lead the Sheriff’s Office.”

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