CHRIS HARMISON FOR SHERIFF

Chris has spent more than 40 years in public service for the citizens and communities within Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. During his career, he has had the pleasure of serving with some of the finest law enforcement professionals in the country and the citizens of those respective jurisdictions should also be proud of those professionals.
  
Chris served as the Chief Deputy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and had routinely assumed the role of acting Sheriff  when the Sheriff was unavailable or out of town.  As the Chief Deputy, Chris established directions through vision, created coalitions to accomplish that vision and motivated people to channel their talents and abilities into making Loudoun County a safer place for its citizens.  Since employees of a Sheriff’s Office serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff, Chris and several other dedicated and hardworking deputies were not reappointed the in last election cycle in 2015.

 
Chris is currently employed with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout his law enforcement career, he has performed in numerous roles with varying degree of responsibilities.  
 
Chris has received thousands of hours of training throughout his 40 years of law enforcement.  The training received has helped him prepare for the role of Sheriff of Loudoun County. He has attended the FBI National Academy (Session 251), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development (Session 75), FBI /LEEDA Command Institute, University of Louisville Chief Executive Leadership Course; these are just a partial list of his formal leadership training educational opportunities.  He has  acquired an equally vast list of formal training hours related to community policing;  these include Michigan State University - Regional Community Policing Institute, US  Department of Justice, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Service, Virginia Community Policing Institute, and the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy just to name a few. He is also has trained in gang investigations and general investigative techniques.   Chris was at the forefront in training and the implementation of community policing into law enforcement operations in Northern Virginia in the early 1990’s.   
 
In keeping with Chris’s commitment of service to the community, he has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his vast career. These range from his work with community organizations to Acts of Valor to include the Silver and Bronze Medal of Valor from the Fairfax County Police Department.  Chris is humbled by the recognition for his actions.   He is grateful for the deputies who perform acts of bravery beyond the normal demands every day without formal recognition for the true unsung heroes of Loudoun County.
 
Law Enforcement is not a job or a title - it is a calling to serve.  Therefore I will continue my life’s service by serving the citizens of Loudoun County with transparency and integrity.   ​

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