With a rousing response, at tonight’s Loudoun County Republican Committee meeting retired Deputy Sheriff Eric Noble announced that he will challenge Mike Chapman for Sheriff in 2015. It was obvious that Noble had many supporters in the room. [read_more] Prior to his announcement Sheriff Chapman thanked Noble for his many years of service to the Sheriff’s office. Chapman then spoke of his own many accomplishments while Sheriff.
Eric Noble graduated from UVA in 1985 and went to work for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office in 1987. He remained with the department until his retirement earlier this month. During his 27 years in office Eric Noble served in 4 of the 5 divisions in the Sheriff’s office retiring from the position as the Senior Commander in charge of the Corrections and Court Services Division. Noble has been recognized for a VALOR Award 4 times. He was also recognized with the Director’s Award for Academic Excellence in the 69th and 70th sessions of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and more recently graduated from the 239th Session of the FBI’s National Academy.
Noble has many concerns about the current Sheriff’s office and the many problems within the department. We at The Bull Elephant have heard many such concerns from the deputies in the field and all the way up the line to the top deputies in Sheriff Chapman’s office. It often seems that the Sheriff is in a job for which he was not prepared and has not coped well in this leadership position. We have spoken with no one in the Sheriff’s department who is pleased with what has happened under Chapman’s command. Noble is particularly concerned about low arrest rates in Loudoun compared to all the neighboring jurisdictions. The other jurisdictions around us are arresting more people for drug offenses and arresting them faster than Loudoun. I have heard reasons for this discrepancy which will be addressed in further posts on the Sheriff’s office.
Eric Noble has set the following priorities for his future office as Sheriff:
- Keeping families, most particularly our children, safe in Loudoun County. Noble
believes that by re-focusing on core law enforcement services and re-aligning personnel to increase staffing levels in Field Operations, the agency can move back to being a regional leader in putting criminals behind bars.
- Developing a framework by which every decision is based on what is legal, moral
and ethical. Noble believes that only by holding the entire agency to the highest standards of legal, moral and ethical conduct can the agency truly generate and maintain public trust while upholding individual liberties and constitutional right.
- Demand fiscal responsibility. Noble believes that the incumbent has shown scant interest in managing a budget that has been overspent in personnel expenditures in every year of his term. Equally concerning are inappropriate expenditures of taxpayer dollars that Noble will put a stop to.
Eric Noble has made it clear that should he become Sheriff no employee of the department will lose his job regardless of who he or she supported for Sheriff. From his press release,
Noble believes that every employee should have the right to hold an opinion and support the candidate of their choosing without fear of losing their job.
Eric Noble lives with his wife in Round Hill. He is the father of two adult daughters and step-father to two adult sons.
Noble has the experience and expertise to handle the big job of Sheriff in Loudoun County. He is a committed Republican who has promised to work hard to help elect other Republicans in November 2015. As his campaign unfolds we look forward to learning more about him, and his plans for the future of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office.