Four years ago I went out on a limb. Faced with a choice between three Republican candidates for Loudoun County Sheriff, I endorsed candidate Mike Chapman.[read_more]
Unfortunately, Sheriff Chapman proved to be a disappointment.
Chapman’s background in the federal bureaucracy has not prepared him for the critical demands of local law enforcement and he has not provided the leadership Loudoun County voters expected. As the chief law enforcement officer of the county I’ve worked closely with Mike Chapman for the past three and a half years and it is an experience I do not want to repeat.
The sheriff’s office has been in the headlines in a way that makes Loudoun County look bad.
The department has been rocked by an embezzlement scandal the Washington Post wrote about just a few days ago. The county has seen a 400 percent increase in heroin overdose deaths as arrests for narcotics fall far behind those of neighboring counties.
Still, I had just about decided the old adage “once burned, twice shy” also applies to endorsements and I was prepared to watch this year’s race for sheriff from the sidelines.
But that was before Eric Noble decided to challenge Mike Chapman.
Eric Noble is everything we hoped Mike Chapman would be, but was not. Eric’s resume reads like the job description for the ideal sheriff:
- 27 years of experience in local law enforcement
- Commander of the Administrative & Technical Services Division
- Commander of the Corrections & Court Services Division
- Commander of the SWAT team
- Asst. Commander of Field Operations & Special Operations
- Four time valor award recipient
Eric Noble is the perfect candidate to rebuild the morale of the sheriff’s office. He’s a pro–active leader who will reverse the decline in arrests, return deputies wasted on task forces to the streets of Loudoun County and begin planning for the advent of Metro before it’s too late.
Those are only a few of the reasons I’m voting for Eric Noble for sheriff and I hope you will, too.
Eric Noble is a man of integrity and responsibility. As I told the Washington Post this month, Eric Noble “has a far better grasp on how the agency operates and a much clearer understanding of the role of a local law enforcement agency.”
Please join me Saturday, May 2nd, at the Loudoun County Republican Convention and vote for Eric Noble for sheriff.
Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney