Tom Roseberry for sheriff

Incumbent Tom Roseberry has filed his paperwork to seek another four-year term as Bland County sheriff.

Tom Roseberry has spent a long time in law enforcement, and he’s looking to stay a little longer.

On March 11, the Little Creek resident filed his paperwork for this November’s election seeking his third term as Bland County sheriff.

He was first elected to the post in 1987, but lost a second term to Melvin Cox.

After stints with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and retiring from the Virginia State Police, Roseberry earned his second four-year term in 2015.

“If I get this one, this will be my last one,” said the 72-year-old independent candidate who’s been in law enforcement since his early 20s and considers it his “calling.”

Still in good health and loving his job, Roseberry said, that he still thinks he has “a lot to offer to the citizens of this county.”

Talking about his accomplishments, Roseberry pointed to a reduced number of drug and larceny arrests and to his work getting a school resource officer for each county school.

Previously, one officer covered both buildings.

Commanding a staff of 12 sworn deputies, the majority of them military veterans, Roseberry said he thinks “the word has gotten out you don’t want to violate the law in Bland County.”

If re-elected, Roseberry wants to consider creating a monitoring program for residents suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“The morale is high; we have a good thing going here,” he said.

Jeffrey Simmons can be reached at 228-6611, extension 19, or jsimmons@wythenews.com.

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