Bob Mosier takes oath as Fauquier's 60th sheriff

Bob Mosier

Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Monday announced the resignation of Secretary Robert P. Mosier and the selection of the commonwealth’s next secretary of public safety and homeland security, Terrance C. Cole.

Mosier, who served as Fauquier County sheriff prior to his post with the Youngkin administration, will officially end his state service on June 1.

“Secretary Mosier admirably led our public safety efforts across the Commonwealth, furthering our commitment to reduce violent crime and fight the dangerous influx of illicit drugs such as fentanyl. I thank him for his service to the Commonwealth,” Youngkin said in a news release. 

Speaking to Cole, the governor said, "With the breadth of his leadership experiences at the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States, Mr. Terrance Cole is well equipped and incredibly qualified to lead our public safety efforts, ensure safe communities across the Commonwealth, and tackle the scourge of illicit drugs in Virginia.”

Mosier will continue to be engaged with law enforcement, according to the release. In the last 18 months, the governor's office said, Mosier successfully led Virginians through several weather-related states of emergency, spearheaded Operation Bold Blue Line and worked "tirelessly to support our community and the law enforcement and public safety officers who dedicate their lives to protecting Virginians and their families."

Operation Bold Blue Line, launched last October, was a series of proposals to reduce homicides, shootings and violent crime. 

Mosier, in the release, said, “This has been an incredible journey of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Under the Governor’s leadership, we have made tremendous progress in public safety especially with the ongoing reduction in violent crime and interdiction of dangerous drugs."

Cole, of Louisa County, has over 28 years of law enforcement service, including over 22 years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Cole has experience managing complex police operations and federal task forces, delivering anticipative programs in multiple geographies and directing teams involved in drug interdictions and enforcement actions across the U.S. and Latin America, according to the release.

Cole was previously in the private sector as a Senior Vice President at Aperia Solutions and worked in the federal government at DEA as the assistant regional director – Mexico City Country Office for North Central America Region; chief of staff/executive officer to the DEA chief of global operations, overseeing over 400 offices; and chief of staff/executive officer to the special agent in charge of DEA special operations division that included overseeing partnerships with 31 law enforcement agencies.

“I am excited to return to public service and have this incredible opportunity to work with Governor Youngkin and his senior leadership team,” Cole said in the release. “My extensive experience in law enforcement, overseeing multiple agencies in federal task forces, and direct involvement in the interdiction of drugs coming into the United States meshes with current task forces such as Operation Bold Blue Line and the Crushing The Fentanyl Epidemic: Strengthening Virginian's Interdiction and Enforcement Response to Fentanyl Crisis.”

(5) comments


What a bunch of boot lickers. Every lawsuit that we have paid in the 4 years I’ve been her Bob was in charge. Bob was in command of these tyrants. He is incompetent to run a whole state when he can’t even run a department of 50 thousand people. Just look at his replacements qualifications and tell everyone how this “good Bob” compares? Way out of his league.


Tale of two Bobs: Bob Mosier -- the good Bob -- is jumping off the train. Where will he land?

Bob Good -- the bad Bob -- is busy tossing wrenches into the sprockets of a new budget deal that is sorely needed. If we end up in serious trouble post-Memorial Day, look for bad Bob and remind him of the trouble he has wrought (although the headlines will tell that story).

Jill B

Hear hear! Spot on Pexpop!

Anne Zee

Come back, Bob!

Jill B

Anne, we too were wondering why Bob Mosier left so suddenly before the job ended. Suspect Youngkin orihinally tapped him for the job for political reasons; Youngkin does virtually nothing that's not self- aggrandizing. Need to keep a close eye on Mosiers' replacement in the job!

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