02 February 2016
“The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county,” said Hess. “Even though throughout history things have changed, that is a unique position designated to every county, and I am interested in learning more about the sheriffs of the past. It will be interesting to see how it evolved from being an appointed to being an elected position.”
Surprisingly, no list of Fluvanna’s sheriffs and deputies seems to exist. Early sheriffs were appointed, and later elected for terms of two, three and finally four years. This irregularity complicates the research. Using information from the archives at the Fluvanna Historical Society, and court documents from the Fluvanna County Clerk’s Office, a partial list has been made. Research continues at the historical society, but both the society and the sheriff are also asking for help from the public.
The historical society is interested not only in completing the list of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, but also hoping to collect personal stories of interest about sheriffs of the past, and to see any documents, photographs, or artifacts that local citizens may have relating to local law enforcement.
“I do like history,” said Hess. “To have a progression of who the sheriffs were since the founding of Fluvanna County - I thought that would be a part of history that should be documented. The names of these men are family names, people who have living descendants here in the county.”
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