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Jim O’Sullivan is a 23-year veteran with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office. On October 1st, 2012 Jim was sworn in as the Sheriff of Chesapeake due to the retirement of Sheriff John R. Newhart. On November 5th, 2013, Jim was overwhelmingly elected by the Citizens of the City of Chesapeake to serve as Sheriff. On January 1st, 2014, Jim began his term as the elected Sheriff. Retired Sheriff Newhart as well as many elected officials and community leaders have pledged their support for Jim as he campaigns to be re-elected as your Sheriff in 2017.



Sheriff O'Sullivan's Achievements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Bluefield College
  • Graduate and Section 6 President of the 248th Session of FBI National Academy
  • Certified Jail Manager by the American Jail Association
  • Deputized U.S. Marshal with the Special Fugitive Task Force
  • Graduate and President of the Chesapeake Police Academy 35th session
  • Advanced Certified Examiner - National Institute for Truth Verification
  • Graduate of the Chesapeake Leadership University
  • Graduate of the prestigious F.B.I. Academy’s 65th Session of Law Enforcement Executive Developmental School

Sheriff O'Sullivan’s Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • Martin Luther King Leadership Award 2010
  • Chesapeake City Manager’s Award - For Fiscal Management of the Sheriff’s Office that resulted in a savings of over 1.1 Million Dollars in 2009
  • Virginia State Sheriff’s Association - Member
  • American Correctional Association - Member
  • American Jail Association - Member
  • National Sheriff’s Association - Member
  • FBI / LEEDA - Member
  • South Norfolk Ruritan Club - Member
  • South Norfolk Moose Lodge - Member
  • Marine Corps League - Member
  • Air Force Association - Member
  • Navy League of the United States - Member
  • United States Colored Troops Descendants - Member
  • Chesapeake Sports Club - Member
  • Chesapeake Police Department Chief’s Recognition Award 2011
  • Chesapeake Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9
  • Chesapeake Law Enforcement Benevolence Association - CLEBA
  • Police Association of Virginia



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