Meet The Sheriff

  1. Sheriff Chapman

    Michael L. Chapman

    Michael L. “Mike” Chapman was elected Sheriff of Loudoun County, VA, in 2011 and took office in January 2012. He was re-elected in 2015, 2019, and again in 2023. 

    Sheriff Chapman directs the operations of the largest full-service Sheriff’s office in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is responsible for county-wide law enforcement, the Adult Detention Center (ADC), and security for Loudoun’s courts. The Sheriff’s Office employs approximately 600 sworn deputies and 200 civilian personnel, has an annual budget of approximately $131M, and serves more than 447,000 residents in an area of 519 square miles. 

    During his tenure, Sheriff Chapman expanded Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to be mandatory for all deputies and dispatchers; developed the first Advanced Crisis Intervention Training in the Commonwealth of Virginia – bringing specific awareness to deputies when responding to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; expanded the School Resource Officer (SRO) program to include trauma-informed and other state-of-the-art training for SROs in every public middle and high school; expanded the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program to include public middle schools in addition to elementary schools; established a highly successful Cold Case squad; enhanced community outreach through regularly scheduled educational forums and other special events; enhanced news media and community communications through proactive public information initiatives and technology; introduced online reporting for crimes and concerns; invested in   recruitment efforts to make LCSO one of the most coveted law enforcement employers in the capitol region; and, through his STEP-UP initiative, dramatically improved overall service, technology, efficiency, and professionalism of the agency. 

    Sheriff Chapman also initiated a county-wide internet safety training program for parents; added prescription drug awareness with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); partnered with the Loudoun County Public Schools for the “No-Texting and Driving” campaign; and launched the Safe2Talk App, which allows students, parents, teachers, and residents to anonymously report safety concerns in our schools, including suspicious or threatening social media activity.

    Early in his tenure, with other stakeholders, Sheriff Chapman established the regional Heroin Operations Team (HOT) in response to the rapidly growing national and local heroin and opioid problem and has expanded this to address the prevalence of fentanyl. HOT addresses drug abuse through targeted enforcement, education, training, prevention, and treatment. Through a grant partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), LCSO was the first law enforcement agency that allowed deputies to administer NARCAN.  Sheriff Chapman also initiated a unique program that assists newly released inmates from the ADC in obtaining employment with local businesses, giving them opportunities for constructive re-engagement with the community and reducing recidivism.  

    In 2023, Sheriff Chapman was named “National Sheriff of the Year” by the NSA. He was also voted “Best Public Servant” by readers of the Loudoun Times Mirror in 2022 and 2023, and “Favorite Public Servant” in 2021, 2022, and 2023 by readers of Loudoun Now, the two newspapers serving Loudoun County.

    Sheriff Chapman graduated from and is certified by many professional leadership organizations, including the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI); the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA); the US Army War College – National Security and Strategy Seminar (Certificate of Leadership Development); the National Sheriffs’ Institute; the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute; and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ Executive program. In 2022, Sheriff Chapman was selected as Virginia Sheriffs Association Board of Directors Region VI Director and was appointed by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to the Department of Criminal Justice Services Board. 

    He has previously served two terms as Co-Chair of the Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Board, three terms as Vice President of Homeland Security for the Major County Sheriffs of America and continues to serve as Chairman of the National Sheriffs Association’s Homeland Security Committee. He has also served on the DARE Law Enforcement Advisory Board, Governor’s School and Campus Safety Task Force, and as Co-Chair of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement Homeland Security Working Group for the U.S. Department of Justice. Sheriff Chapman has contributed to and has been published in numerous professional periodicals and provides articles for local and regional publications, including The Hill, International Chiefs of Police The Police Chief, and FBI LEEDA Insighter magazines, and has been referenced multiple times in the National Sheriffs’ Association Sheriff & Deputy magazine about his successful initiatives in areas ranging from mental illness to the opioid crisis.  He has also been featured on CBS This Morning “Exploring the U.S. history with its Police” at the National Law Enforcement Museum. 

    He began his law enforcement career working for the Howard County Maryland Police Department in Patrol, SWAT, and Criminal Investigations. He later became a special agent for the DEA and subsequently directed its operations throughout the Far East. He also served as DEA Chief of Public Affairs; Assistant Special Agent in Charge in San Francisco, CA; as the Country Attaché for Seoul, Korea; as a Supervisor in McAllen, Texas; and in field assignments in Miami, Tampa, and Pakistan. Immediately prior to his election in 2011, Sheriff Chapman worked as a Subject Matter Expert on the Global Security/Law Enforcement team at Booz Allen and Hamilton.

    Sheriff Chapman is married to the former Ann Rafferty, and they have six children and ten grandchildren. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Public Administration from Troy State University.


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