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SheriffJoeBaronHello. I’m Sheriff Joe Baron.

First of all, I want to thank you all for coming here to the NSO website. It's important to me that the public knows about NSO and the people who make it such a great agency.

My career in law enforcement has spanned over 31 years, and it has been a great journey for me and my family. In that career, I’ve had the opportunity to serve the citizens of Norfolk with distinction and honor. This is a privilege I don’t take for granted.

Prior to joining the team here at NSO, I spent 26 years on the Norfolk Police Department, doing my job to the best of my ability, and always focusing on doing the right thing. While I was a homicide detective, I investigated 77 murders in our city and solved all but 7. Based on that statistic, you can see I really like a good challenge!

I joined the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office later on with the same dedication to service of the city and the organization. For me, attitude is key to success. I pride myself on having a can-do attitude, a thankful attitude, and an attitude of honesty and trust. For me, it is important to always do the right thing- even when no one else is around.

In my office, I have a big white board that outlines my expectations of others. Some of them are to take ownership. Meet expectations. Be accountable. Be fair. Be honest. Be trustworthy. There are not only my expectations of others, but also of myself.

I have only been with the sheriff’s office for a little over 5 years, but in that time, Bob McCabe has given me both challenges and opportunities. I’d like to think that I’ve earned them and have proven myself worthy of the position I am being trusted with today.

I will lead the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office with the same values I’ve held, shown, and encouraged others to follow for the past 31 years. This is my promise to you all and the citizens of Norfolk for as long as I am your sheriff.

Thank you.


Interim Sheriff Joe Baron


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