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January 9, 2018

Jeremy Falls new chief deputy in sheriff’s office

“I know I’ll never be a great detective, but I know I can assist them do their jobs more effectively,” Fauquier sheriff’s Lt. Col. Jeremy Falls says.
Jeremy hit the ball out of the park when he came to work here.
— Sheriff Bob Mosier
Jeremy A. Falls
• Age: 46

• Home: Near Warrenton.

• Work: Lieutenant colonel (chief deputy), Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, starting Jan. 5.

• Salary: $112,000.

• Experience: Fauquier sheriff’s major, January 2016 to January 2018; captain, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, with experience in detention center, civil process, court security, human resources, training and administration, 1996-2016.

• Military: Five years in U.S. Army as intelligence analyst and paratrooper, stationed in South Korea and Fort Bragg, N.C.

• Education: Bachelor’s degree, human resources and leadership studies, University of Richmond, 2007; master’s certificate, University of Virginia, 2014; master’s certificate, American University, 2008; Fauquier High School, 1989.

• Family: Wife Crystal and two sons.

• Hobbies: Hunting and watching sports.
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The new chief deputy has worked just two years in the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

But, Lt. Col. Jeremy A. Falls knows the community quite well.

Col. Falls, 46, grew up around Marshall and graduated from Fauquier High School in 1989. He spent five years in the Army, then joined the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, where he rose from jailer to captain and worked in all four divisions from 1996 to ’16.

He has spent all but about 15 years of his life as a Fauquier resident.

When Bob Mosier won the sheriff’s election in November 2015, a friend recommended the county native for a job in the new administration.

The Fairfax captain impressed the sheriff-elect during an interview that December. Three days before his swearing-in ceremony, Sheriff Mosier called to offer a job — as one of two majors, among the agency’s top four positions.

“It was a huge gamble — for both of us,” Col. Falls said during an interview Monday.

Neither man knew the other.

But, “coming here as part of a new administration” appealed to him. “I came in knowing that Sheriff (Charlie Ray) Fox had made progress, and that it was a good organization.”

The new sheriff wanted a leader with strong administrative experience. Capt. Falls had served as administrator of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, which provides training for five law enforcement agencies.

Capt. Falls also had earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources and leadership, along with two master’s certificates. He started taking classes in the Army.

“I was a 20-year college student, working school in around family and career,” he said.

“Jeremy hit the ball out of the park when he came to work here,” Sheriff Mosier said.

As the Administrative Bureau commander, the new major oversaw the county jail, court security, civil process, professional standards, emergency communications and information technology. His responsibilities have included managing an $8.6-million upgrade of the county’s 9-1-1 system.

“For me, it was a mater of learning the whole organization, particularly criminal investigations and patrol,” he said. “I know I’ll never be a great detective, but I know I can assist them do their jobs more effectively.”

When Lt. Col. Robert Wilcox decided to retire as chief deputy, the sheriff found his successor in an office just down the hall.

“It was clear to me that Jeremy is up to the task and that he has strong connections to the community,” Sheriff Mosier said. “That’s critical in the position as chief deputy. One of the things you want to do is promote from within, to send the message that if your work hard, you can move up in the organization.”

As a major, the new chief deputy demonstrated “the ability to connect and interact with others in county government,” Sheriff Mosier added. “That lends itself to sustainability. It’s been a great working relationship.”

In his new position, Col. Falls will “have a handle on the day-to-day operation,” the sheriff said. “That way, I’m available for whatever’s needed. It allows me to interact with the community.”

The sheriff’s office has a $19.6-million annual budget and about 180 employees.

The new colonel ranks Fauquier’s intense highway traffic — and distracted driving — along with the opioid overdose epidemic as the greatest challenges for his agency.

“The amount of traffic on Route 29, I never would have imagined when I graduated from high school in 1989,” he said.

In many ways, however, Fauquier remains a place where citizens know and care about one another.

“Our county is absolutely great to work with,” Col. Falls said. “We have tremendous support for law enforcement . . . .

“It was always something I thought about” as a career. “In high school, I was a volunteer with the Marshall rescue squad. So, public safety was something I wanted to do growing up.”

Of the sheriff’s office, he added: “I think we’ve made a lot of progress from where we were in 2016. But, we have a long way to go.”

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