The Office of the Sheriff handles civil process of legal papers, inmate transportation, mental patient transportation for the Charlottesville Police Department through a cooperative agreement, and provides security for Charlottesville Circuit and General District Courts. Criminal law enforcement is handled by the Charlottesville Police Department.

Issued Legal Papers

If you are a City of Charlottesville resident and received a court document for someone who does not live at the residence, please contact our office directly. One of our deputies will pick up the paper and return it to the issuing court.

 If you have specific questions concerning a paper that our office served to you, please contact the issuing court directly. Contact information is located at the top of the court paper.


If you have an emergency that is threatening to life or property, please dial 911. If you don’t have an emergency but need to dispatch a Police Officer, Animal Control Officer, to report illegal parking, or if you need to report something out of the ordinary, please contact the Charlottesville-Albemarle-UVA Emergency Communications Center.

Mission Statement

With integrity, we will serve the community in a professional, courteous and responsible manner while securing the courts, working to ensure court staff and public safety, and helping to preserve the environment.

Sheriff’s Mission

I will be innovative and lead by example inspiring others to be better. It is not enough to be good when you can be better.

Visions & Values Statement

We are committed to providing the best possible service, in a timely manner, while being fair to all citizens, employees, and management.

The Sheriff is to make the best use of his various talents, while at the same time maintaining an environment that encourages others to show their initiative and pursue their interests. The Sheriff will respect the diversity and worth of every individual, and will cultivate trust in our organization by delivering our services with honesty and accountability. Everyone is important.