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January 11, 2022

Jeremy Falls would serve as Fauquier’s next sheriff

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Lt. Col. Jeremy Falls with wife Crystal at the sheriff’s oath of office ceremony in 2019.
A Marshall native, Jeremy Falls has 25 years of law enforcement experience.
Jeremy A. Falls
• Age: 50

• Home: Near Warrenton.

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

• Salary: $126,000

• Experience: Fauquier sheriff’s lieutenant colonel, January 2018 to present; major, FCSO, 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.
By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Contributing Journalist
Assuming the Virginia Senate approves Sheriff Bob Mosier’s appointment to the new governor’s cabinet, Fauquier immediately would get a new law enforcement chief.

Lt. Col. Jeremy A. Falls, 50, would rise to county sheriff, according to the Code of Virginia.

A Marshall native, Lt. Col. Falls has 25 years of law enforcement experience. He joined the Fauquier agency as a major in January 2016, when Sheriff Mosier took office, and rose to lieutenant colonel three years ago.

The board of supervisors Thursday will consider a resolution directing the county attorney to petition the circuit court for a Nov. 8 special election, in which Fauquier voters would elect a sheriff to serve the balance of the four-year term, through 2023.

Asked if he would run in the special election, Lt. Col. Falls responded by text Tuesday afternoon: “Absolutely!”

Things have moved quickly since Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) on Monday announced his nomination of Sheriff Mosier as Virginia’s next Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

“Upon his confirmation, I will take the oath of office to be the Interim-Sheriff of Fauquier County,” Lt. Col. Falls wrote in an email to his staff at 12:15 p.m. Monday. “While change can be a time of uncertainty for many, I want to assure you that there will be no immediate major changes in the operations of how we conduct business.

“I want to emphasize that the well-being of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and your families is my top priority. I will have an open-door policy and want to hear from you when you need to speak to me.

“I want the Sheriff’s Office to continue to be the premier full-service Sheriff’s Office that it has become, setting the standard for jurisdictions to follow. We will be committed to those we serve, adapting to change while focusing on our values.”

The sheriff’s office this year has the equivalent of 121.5 full-time employees and a $22.4-million budget. The state funds about $10 million of that budget, with the balance coming from county taxpayers and revenue the office generates.

The sheriff oversees patrol, criminal investigations, court security/civil process, adult detention center, emergency communications, school resource officer, records and training units, along with supporting administrative functions.

A “constitutional office” in Virginia, elected sheriffs serve four-year terms.

Sheriff Mosier (R ) won his first election in 2015 and re-election in 2019.

Lt. Col. Falls, who lives near Warrenton, worked 20 years in the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office before joining Sheriff Mosier’s command staff. He served five years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst and paratrooper.

The 1989 Fauquier High School graduate earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources and leadership studies at the University of Richmond and master’s certificates from the University of Virginia and American University.

An FBI National Academy graduate, he continues to work toward a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.

“Our future is bright and I fully expect to have the community’s support, as well as support from the Board of Supervisors and other local, state and federal government agencies,” Lt. Col. Falls wrote in his email to the sheriff’s office staff. “I am honored to have this opportunity and look forward to us continuing on this bright path together.

“I extend my appreciation to Sheriff Mosier for the opportunities he has afforded me. My best wishes to he and Mrs. Mosier on their exciting new journey.”

Contact “Lou” Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.

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