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November 3, 2015

Sheriff-elect Mosier pledges community partnership

The community sensed a need for a change in leadership in the sheriff’s office. I’m looking forward to a renewed sense of partnership with the community and our governance.
— Bob Mosier
Robert Patrick Mosier
• Age: 52

• Home: Warrenton

• Office sought: Fauquier County sheriff.

• 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; 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 three grandchildren.
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“I’m grateful and humbled by what’s taken place,” Fauquier Sheriff-elect Bob Mosier (R) told a crowd of about 100 supporters Tuesday night.

“I’m a product of Joe Higgs’ investment, leadership and grace,” Mr. Mosier said of the former Fauquier sheriff.

The election winner also praised the late Ashby Olinger, Mr. Higgs' predecessor, who hired him in 1988, after a stint in the Manassas Police Department.

Mr. Higgs joined the next sheriff’s victory party with fellow Republicans at the Stoneridge Events Center just outside of Warrenton.

With 51 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, Mr. Mosier unseated three-term Sheriff Charlie Ray Fox Jr. (D), who had defeated Mr. Higgs in November 2003. That election 12 years ago also deposed a three-term Fauquier sheriff.

After work overseas and for a security company, Mr. Mosier, 52, moved backed to Fauquier County in 2012 and began planning his campaign for sheriff.

He waged a very well-organized effort and raised about $70,000 to take on Sheriff Fox, a popular Fauquier native. The victor praised “incredible people, who stepped up to volunteer.”

What made the difference?

“Hard work, just like when you do police work . . . focus,” Mr. Mosier said. “The community sensed a need for a change in leadership in the sheriff’s office.

“I’m looking forward to a renewed sense of partnership with the community and our governance.”

Mr. Mosier added: “I would like to honor Charlie Ray Fox and what he has given to this community. I do honor him. I would consider this more of a change of command.”

In January, he will take over an agency with the equivalent of 172 full-time employees and a $17.7-million budget.

During his campaign, Mr. Mosier promised that current sheriff’s office employees should not fear for their jobs. As a constitutional officer, he will have complete discretion over staffing.

“In this sheriffs office I want to build leaders for tomorrow,” he said.

A 34-year law enforcement veteran, Sheriff Fox is the last Democrat to hold elective office in the county.

Fauquier County sheriffs

Robert P. Mosier

Charlie Ray Fox Jr.

Joe Higgs

Ashby W. Olinger

Luther Cox

Sam S. Hall

This list includes only recent sheriffs. Joseph Blackwell became the county’s first sheriff in May 1759. Click here for the complete list.

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