Sheriff Joseph "Joe" Baron
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Joe was born on March 13, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia, and has been a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads. After graduating from Bayside High School in 1982, he enlisted in the Navy Reserves, where he worked in the aviation field for six years.

In 1985, he began his career in law enforcement and joined the Norfolk Police Department as a patrol officer. Over a span of 26 years, he worked in patrol and later as a violent crimes investigator before working his way up the ranks; holding positions in Robbery, Homicide, a Sector Commander, and the Commander in charge of the Violent Crimes Unit. Joe’s passion for helping others matched with his values driven work ethic made him the perfect fit for these positions. His thoroughness, persistence and dedication helped his teams solve some of the most notable and difficult murder cases in Norfolk. In April of 1995, his efforts earned him the Norfolk Top Cop Award. Aside from solving cases, Joe was responsible for organizing and creating numerous coordinated emergency plans for parades, runs, presidential visits, and large events. Joe became the go to guy for creating NPD Incident Command System plans for such events. He is also a graduate from the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) sponsored by the Virginia Police Chief’s Foundation, and was voted by his fellow class participants to receive the PELS Graduate Leadership Award in 2008.

Joe retired from the police department in 2011 and was hired by the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office as a Captain based on the organizational, problem solving, and leadership skills developed over his career. At the NSO, Joe served as a liaison with outside law enforcements agencies and was the officer in charge of records and booking, community affairs, and administrative services. He was promoted to Chief Deputy in 2015, responsible for the day to day operations of the organization.

In February 2017, after the retirement of Sheriff McCabe, Joe was sworn in as Sheriff and in November 2017 was elected by the citizens of Norfolk in his first campaign for Sheriff.

Aside from dedicating himself to his job, Joe is a firm believer in higher education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from St. Leo University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University. He is also an adjunct instructor at Tidewater Community College and a certified ethics instructor.

Joe is committed to public safety, public service, and public trust. He has a firm belief in the Golden Rule of treating others as you wish to be treated. Shortly after taking office he established the following core values for the NSO:

  • Integrity in all Things
  • Respect at all Times
  • Duty without Prejudice
  • Pride without Ego
  • Team before Self
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