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workcrews 3 16x9Something many citizens may not consider is the need for continued operations of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office (NSO) in weather where others get the day off. The NSO is making every effort to ensure continued operations and help out in the community during this weather event. NSO staff were up early responding to the needs of our employees, inmates, and our community.

Joe at SchoolYou might think that after nine months on the job, Sheriff Joe Baron was ready to hit the ground running after winning election to the offfice in November. But when you're newly elected to a constitutional office in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as the person responsible for the administration of that agency, there's a whole lot of additional legal and administrative rules and procedures that you're expected to know.

Having continued furthering his education throughout his career, Sheriff Baron would also say there's always something else to learn, and fortunately, multiple opportunities are made available for those newly elected officers to acquire that knowledge. Not only can they absorb lessons from those who came before them, but also familarize themselves with the expectations of elected officials and the rules and regulations that apply to their specific agencies.

toolboxesWhen secretaries receive Christmas gifts from their bosses, it's usually a gift card to a restaurant or a retail store or something hand-picked for the person.  Not expecting any gift at all, I was a bit surprised when Sheriff Baron presented me with a large, heavy, gift-wrapped box this year with a grin on his face from ear to ear.  I’m not sure who was more excited for me to open it – me or him. 

Once I opened it, we both had a good laugh.  Many of the staff – both guys and ladies – know that in my storage closet there is a tool box.  It's not just any tool box, but a pink “Lady Mate” tool box with pink handles on the screwdrivers, pliers, and other pieces.  Nonetheless, when someone needed a simple tool, whether it was Special Projects, Technology, Training, or Administrative staff (even Sheriff Baron when he was a Captain and Colonel), they would help themselves to my toolbox. 

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A ceremony to administer the oath of office to Sheriff Joseph Baron, as well as to approximately 100 NSO deputies, was held in the rotunda of the Norfolk Consolidated Courthouse on December 27, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Sheriff Baron was initially sworn in as Interim Sheriff on February 1, 2017 following the retirement of Sheriff Bob McCabe. He was duly elected Sheriff by the citizens of Norfolk on November 7, 2017.

2017 party headerThe NSO staff holiday party, held December 20th was a great reminder of just how much our organization is like a big family.  We share our successes, mourn our losses, and come together to take care of each other when things get bumpy.

From the food, abundant raffle prizes, full billiards tables, and good company in a relaxed environment, it was a great evening, full of cameraderie and optimism about the coming year.

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Continuing a tradition that goes back many years, the Norfolk Sheriff's Office has once again teamed up with PortAlliance Federal Credit Union, and joined this year by the Sheriff Joe Baron Foundation, to provide turkeys and goods for a holiday meal to Norfolk senior citizens, churches, and families with children in need.

Deliveries were made on the morning of December 19 by Sheriff Baron and members of the NSO staff.

Afterwards, we sent this message (slightly edited) to Robin Engelhart with PortAlliance, who did a great job spearheading the effort on their behalf, and to whom we are most appreciative:

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