Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman has begun firing some of his top deputies, including some who he brought to Loudoun 4 years ago to work in his administration. It is his feeling that if any of his deputies supported, or voted for, his opponents in the past election they should be dismissed. It is rumored that even Chapman’s senior assistant deputy, Chapman’s right hand man, will not be sworn in again. (I never saw any evidence of this deputy supporting anyone other than Sheriff Chapman.)
Since Loudoun doesn’t have a police force, only a sheriff’s office, Chapman can fire any deputy for any reason. Former candidate for Chairman of the Board, Charlie King, addresses the problem here. In September King said,
“Subjecting professional law enforcement officers to political turmoil every four years, and the uncertainty as to whether their careers may come to an end when the sheriff begins a new term, is unfair to those who risk their lives to save ours,” King said in a prepared statement in September. “With a police department, these officers would be afforded the same protections as all county employees.”
When Chapman fired Deputy Eric Noble without cause, many saw the true Mike Chapman revealed. We tried to warn citizens. Chapman won the Republican convention by a mere 6 votes, making it obvious that many people knew the real Mike Chapman.