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January 10, 2022

Sheriff Mosier nominated for Virginia cabinet post

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Sheriff Bob Mosier started his career in law enforcement as a Manassas Park police dispatcher.
Bob shares my vision for innovating how our law enforcement officers build trust and engage in their communities they serve by building bridges with local leaders to reduce crime and keep Virginians safe.
— Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin
Robert Patrick Mosier
• Age: 58

• Home: Warrenton

• Work: Fauquier County sheriff, 2016 to present.

• Experience: Senior associate, Obsidian Solutions Group LLC, contractor for U.S. Department of Defense Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, 2012-15; 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 seven grandchildren.
Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin today announced his nomination of Fauquier Sheriff Robert P. “Bob” Mosier as Virginia’s next Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

“Sheriff Mosier will play an important role in keeping our communities safe,” Mr. Youngkin said in press release Monday night. “We will get to work on this key priority by fully funding and raising pay for our law enforcement officers. Together, we will protect qualified immunity, and on Day One fire the Parole Board.

“Bob shares my vision for innovating how our law enforcement officers build trust and engage in their communities they serve by building bridges with local leaders to reduce crime and keep Virginians safe,” said the governor-elect, who will take the oath of office Saturday.

A native Virginian, Sheriff Mosier, 58, has 30 years of experience local, federal and international law enforcement. He began as a police dispatcher at the age of 19 and at 21 became a Manassas Park patrol officer.

In 2015, the Republican won election as Fauquier’s sheriff, getting re-elected four years later.

He served as a sheriff’s deputy from 1988 to 1996 in Fauquier. Sheriff Mosier then worked with the International Justice Mission, a human rights organization, as Director of Investigations working in Asia, Middle and Near East, Africa, and Latin America.

He later served as a senior representative for a U.S. Department of Defense law enforcement program, providing daily oversight of all administrative, logistical, operational, and training requirements for 300 law enforcement professionals. Following that service, he became a GS-15 Deputy Senior Executive Police Advisor for the Iraq Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs with the U.S. Department of State, overseeing 150 Senior Police Advisors. Most recently, he supported the U.S. Department of Defense as the Senior Associate for Law Enforcement Operations with Obsidian Solutions Group.

Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Sheriff Moser to the Criminal Justice Services Board in 2021 and to the Substance Abuse Services Council in 2020.

The General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Richmond, will consider confirming Sheriff Moser for the post in Mr. Younkin’s cabinet.

Sheriff Mosier would succeed Brian Moran, who has served as Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s and Gov. Northam’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Mr. Moran last year earned $191,841 that position, which oversees 10 agencies, including Virginia State Police, the Department of Corrections and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

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