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February 17, 2015

30-year cop, Bob Mosier launches bid for sheriff

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Bob Mosier announces his candidacy for Fauquier sheriff Monday afternoon in front of the old courthouse in Warrenton.
I may think I know professionally what is best, because that’s part of my training . . . . But the fact of the matter is you get out and engage people and talk to people about what’s important to them . . . . That’s the key.
— Bob Mosier, Republican candidate for sheriff
Robert Patrick Mosier
• Age: 51

• Home: Warrenton

• Office sought: Fauquier County sheriff, four-year term starting in January 2016.

• Party: Republican

• Work: Senior associate, Obsidian Solutions Group LLC, contractor for U.S. Department of Defense Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, since October 2012.

• Experience: Senior police advisor, State Department in Iraq, 2011-12, and in U.S., 2007-11; vice president of investigations, International Justice Mission, 1998-2007; law enforcement technical advisor, DynCorp International, 2001-07; special deputy, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, 1998-2015; patrol division commander, worked way up from deputy, Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, 1988-96; officer, Manassas Park Police Department, 1983-1988.

• Education: Bachelor’s degree, criminal justice, Aspen University, Denver expected completion this year; associate’s degree, police science, Northern Virginia Community College; Thomas Edison High School, Franconia, 1981.

• Organizations: Fauquier Historical Society board member, Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier, International Association of Police Chiefs, Virginia Homicide Investigators Association, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and others.

• Family:
Wife, Cindy; three adult children and two grandchildren.
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With snow dusting 60 supporters on Warrenton’s old courthouse steps, he announced a campaign for Fauquier sheriff after years of consideration and months of planning.

Bob Mosier, 51, stood before the bundled group as they clutched red, white and blue “Vote for Bob” pennants and “Mosier for Sheriff” signs at 3:30 Monday afternoon.

Mr. Mosier’s campaign volunteers shot video and still photos and distributed press packets and branded materials, along with hand-warmers, coffee and doughnuts. Social media and email notifications built to the President’s Day announcement, then provided updates on changes as the weather worsened.

The career cop, who has done much of his work overseas, has mapped a very detailed campaign in his challenge of Charlie Ray Fox Jr. (D), who will seek a fourth term in the Nov. 3 general election.

“This is a great community because we have so many good people,” Mr. Mosier (R) said near the end of his speech Monday. “I count our current sheriff among the good people, and I honor and appreciate his service.”

In an interview at his home Monday night, the challenger added: “It’s nothing personal; I just think I can do a better job.”

The challenger said he called the sheriff before the announcement to provide his news first-hand and to promise a positive campaign.

During the interview, Mr. Mosier deflected questions about specific aspects of sheriff’s office operations, with an annual budget of $17.7 million and about 140 employees.

“It would be unfair of me, at this juncture, to say, ‘I think this is what needs to happen’,” the challenger said.

But, he repeatedly stressed the lack of “accreditation,” an optional program the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services offers local law enforcement agencies.

“There are over 190 standards . . . and, if you’re not accredited, there are things that go by the wayside,” Mr. Mosier said. “So, what exactly those things are, I don’t know.”

Of potential needs, he added: “I don’t know until I get in there . . . . What I do know is that if you can go into the board of supervisors and articulate with research why there might be a particular need,” it has a chance of getting funded.

He suggested the office and the community might “be missing some information” about crimes that go unreported, often because of the time and effort it takes for incidents such as “a stolen bicycle” or an act of vandalism.

An online system for citizens to report crime could overcome that and help save deputies’ time in some cases, Mr. Mosier said.

He also mentioned drug crimes — including related thefts and burglaries, gang activity and Internet crimes as areas of special concern. The candidate called for more emphasis on drug prevention with children, including potential reintroduction of the DARE program.

Asked to describe his management style, Mr. Moser said: “I don’t get rattled. I want to make sure I understand what’s being said; I don’t want to miss anything . . . . You don’t punish aggressive error. If you are acting in good faith and trying to do the best job and don’t have an agenda, and something just happens, and bad things happen in good organizations . . . you work through that. And, you take care of your people.”

Although he joined the Fauquier County Republican Committee a year ago, Mr. Mosier downplayed party affiliation and said the sheriff serves without regard to politics.

Of the deputies, all of them appointees, he said: “You do your job, you keep your job. Deputies shouldn’t have to worry about that.”

He started as dispatcher with the Manassas Park Police Department, becoming a patrol officer at age 21.

As a shooting instructor, Mr. Mosier got to know the late Warren Jenkins, a longtime Fauquier sheriff’s lieutenant colonel, the second-in-command. Mr. Jenkins suggested he apply for an opening here. Mr. Mosier joined the office as a patrol officer in 1988 and rose through the ranks over the next eight years as an investigator, tactical team leader and Criminal Investigations Division commander.

In 1996, he went to Bosnia as a DynCorp employee working for the United Nations, starting an international career that took him to Iraq and involved operations — ranging from those against human trafficking to organized crime — in Africa and Asia as well.

He worked unarmed in hostile places, experience that required strong interpersonal skills — the basis of all police work, Mr. Mosier said.

During the campaign, he will continue to work as a senior associate with a Fredericksburg defense contractor, focusing on defeating IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

Since 1998, he also has worked occasionally as a “special deputy” on major cases for the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office.

Retired Culpeper Sheriff Roger Mitchell praised Mr. Mosier’s professionalism and personal qualities in a brief speech to open Monday’s campaign event.

The candidate expects to spend approximately $40,000 on his campaign.

“The idea is to get out and engage people where they are,” Mr. Mosier said. “And this is important. I may think I know professionally what is best, because that’s part of my training . . . . But the fact of the matter is you get out and engage people and talk to people about what’s important to them . . . . That’s the key.”

Mike Wine, a former elementary school principal, said: “I’ve had many conversations with Bob . . . He wants to make the sheriff’s office more community-oriented. I believe this will make the department much more effective and efficient.”

He has thought about the possibility of running for sheriff frequently over the last couple of decades, Mr. Mosier said Monday night.

“The timing was right,” he said of the decision to run this year. “For many years, it’s just, ‘When?’

“It’s always been part of what I would consider a next step in your law enforcement career.”
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Hammer1213 · March 1, 2015 at 9:40 pm
Bob Mosier is Not a 30 year Cop....he worked as a "Contractor" overseas - International Justice Commission, DynCorp and the State Department aren't Law Enforcement Agencies last time I checked. And one more thing, who puts "Bachelors Degree" in Criminal Justice.....and then adds "expected completion this year". Really? Don't insult us Real Cops with 30 years experience And a Bachelors Degree that we got when we were 21.
renegimon · February 19, 2015 at 9:57 am
Bob is the one! Bob talked to his people when GOD appointed him for this task (The FC Sheriff). God plus one equals a majority. God does not make mistake when appointing a person to do specific task...
renegimon · February 19, 2015 at 9:52 am
Bob is the one!. Republican for Fauquier? this is not a political party is a community decision. Safety is non-negotiable. Leaders are surrounded by a wise counsel and they work as a team to make the right decisions....Bob is the one!
renegimon · February 19, 2015 at 8:29 am
Bob will be the one. The ultimate decision is on the hand of the mighty GOD. He possess integrity: The Leader's life and words match. Justice:The leader rejects dishonest gain. Convictions: The leader's values won't allow him to accept bribes. Positive Focus: The leader refuses to dwell on destructive issues. Pure: the leader disciplines his mind to remain clean even when he is attack by non-sense and evil comments. SECURE: he is firm, stable in his identity and sources of strength. He is the One because he is one of HIM - GOD
Mara_Seaforest · February 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm
Wow. There's a long list of stuff he admits he doesn't know, or thinks it's inappropriate for him to have even considered. That's pretty troubling, actually, on several levels.
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