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Sheriff McCabe to serve as interim superintendent of Hampton Roads Regional Jail


HRRJlogoEffective Monday, September 12, 2016, Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe will take on the role of interim superintendent of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail.

Current superintendent, Colonel Dave Simons, had previously submitted his retirement papers effective October 1st. Simons had offered to stay on until a replacement for his position was hired. However, the personnel committee voted Friday to accept his retirement effective October 1st.

During this transition, Colonel Simons will make his services available to Sheriff McCabe as-needed.

The HJJR board members appointed Sheriff McCabe at a special meeting that took place Friday afternoon.

During this time, he will continue to perform his regular duties at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office and will not receive any additional compensation.

To assist Sheriff McCabe in this role, a high-level Operations Review Team made up of senior command staff from each of the sheriff’s offices will be on-site at HRRJ assessing current operating procedures and polices. All information collected will be reported to Sheriff McCabe.

“I am appreciative of the confidence that the HRRJ board has in me to serve temporarily in this position, especially from my fellow sheriff’s on the board,” McCabe said.

While in this position, Sheriff McCabe promises to bring transparency to the public and work to resolve operational issues that may exist.

For 23 years, Sheriff McCabe has been in charge of the Norfolk City Jail, which is one of the largest jails in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Under his leadership, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office was the first sheriff’s office in South Hampton Roads to be accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Additionally, the Norfolk City Jail continues to consistently receive exemplary ratings for life, health and safety standards set by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

In the meantime, a search for a new superintendent of the HRRJ will begin immediately.

Further questions may be directed to Kaila DeRienzo, Public Information Officer for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. She can be reached by e-mail at or by cell phone at (757) 328-8590.

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