Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor has announced he is seeking re-election as sheriff.
“My career in law enforcement began as a deputy for Sheriff Taylor E. McGregor and continued through the administration of Sheriff G. Harold Plaster. Both sheriffs continued to build a foundation for law enforcement and corrections that Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s began in Pittsylvania County in 1767. I’m appreciative to be a part of that history by serving as your sheriff,” Sheriff Taylor said.
In addition to being a deputy, Sheriff Taylor worked as an investigator, chief investigator and lieutenant.
Sheriff Taylor was elected for his first term in 2007 after Sheriff Plaster announced his retirement following 16 years of service as sheriff.
If reelected, Sheriff Taylor will serve in his fourth term for Pittsylvania County.
“The most gratifying and challenging is serving as sheriff,” Sheriff Taylor said. “Since being elected, we experience the efficiency of law enforcement partnerships. We not only partner day-to-day with local, state and federal agencies we are members of special operations to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the United States Marshal’s Service, the United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Virginia, the Virginia State Police and the Danville Police Department.”
Sheriff Taylor said because of those committed partnerships, countless offenders have been arrested resulting in a decrease in violent crimes in the community.
In addition to those partners, Sheriff Taylor said none of it would be possible without the cooperation of the Pittsylvania County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office under the direction of Bryan Haskins.
“It is vitally important to have this level of communication and trust between the two offices to better serve the criminal justice system,” Sheriff Taylor said.
One of the top concerns for Sheriff Taylor is the safety and security of school children and personnel.
“A constant focus for our office is the safety of our school children, the dedicated teachers and administrators on our school campuses throughout the school day. In partnership, the Sheriff’s Office’s School Resource Officers, School Administrators, the Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Legislature will continue to make school safety our highest priority,” Sheriff Taylor said.
A new program is being implemented for the 2019 school year according to Sheriff Taylor as an extension of the DARE program.
Kindergarteners through the second grade will meet with school resource officers to interact and learn about safety issues such as crossing the street, school bus safety, riding bikes safely and stranger danger.
“This office is one of the first in the state to put this program in place,” Sheriff Taylor said.
In May, the sheriff’s office was award its third successful accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
“This certification lets our community know that through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission that their Sheriff’s Office is advanced in its approach to law enforcement’s professionalism through the establishment of professional standards and the administration and that the office is systematically measured, evaluated, and updated,” Sheriff Taylor said.
In March, the Virginia Board of Corrections completed a 3-year audit for the county’s corrections division.
Sheriff Taylor said the county corrections division was certified for achieving all compliances with department of corrections standards.
“I want to give a special “thank you” to the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office. Their commitment has made our community one of the safest to live, raise our families and worship. I am blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to have worked alongside these men and women, serving as sheriff,” Sheriff Taylor said.
Sheriff Taylor is a 1983 graduate from Danville Community College earning an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science.
In 1986, Sheriff Taylor graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.
Sheriff Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Longwood University in 1992, and also graduated from the Sorenson’s Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia in 2006.
In 2017, Sheriff Taylor was honored as the recipient of the Alice H. Overby Award from Chatham Hall.
In 2018, Sheriff Taylor received certification through the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center of Public Policy for his advancement of public safety as a profession in law enforcement.
Sheriff Taylor is a member and deacon of Saint Mark Church in Danville where he attends with his wife, Becky, of 45 years in July.
“We have two sons, Brandon and Preston and two great daughters-in-law, Heather and Rayna. The oldest son serves as a supervisor in law enforcement and is assigned to investigations. The youngest serves in the U. S. State Department. Both have blessed us with four grandchildren, Julia, MacKenzie, Asher and Henri,” Sheriff Taylor said.
Sheriff Taylor is also a member of the Kentuck Volunteer Fire Department, board of directors for Boys and Girls Club of Danville and Pittsylvania County, board of directors for the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute, advisory board member of the Danville Life Saving Crew, board member of the Community Policy & Management Team of Pittsylvania County, member of the board of directors for the Piedmont Regional Justice Training Academy, member of the Gideons International, and a member of the Kent Masonic Lodge in Blairs.
Sheriff Taylor wishes to thank everyone in advance for their vote.
“Working as a team, the Sheriff’s Office has made notable progress. I am very excited to be a small part of a great organization. My continued pledge to the voters is that I will continue to represent this County with Christian values, professionalism, and dedication. I am excited about this upcoming campaign season! I ask for your prayers, support and your vote on Tuesday, November 5, 2019,” Sheriff Taylor said.