Why Support Joe?

Joe has earned the public's support by:

  • Providing experienced, humble, and values driven leadership.
  • Focusing on making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
  • Committing to public safety, public service, and public trust.
  • Ensuring accountability, transparency, and accessibility.

These are Joe's key initiatives and accomplishments over the last four years:

  • Creating community partnerships:

    • Priority Automotive and Tidewater Community College: providing a one of a kind work release / vocational education program – training inmate’s automotive mechanic skills. The program is certificate based and leads all graduates to full time employment in the automotive industry.
    • Calvary Revival Church and the House of Esther: providing virtual GED training to maintain this education opportunity throughout the pandemic
    • Family Justice Center: to create “Camp Hope” an evidence based, trauma informed camp and mentoring program for youth adversely impacted by domestic violence and other trauma in their lives.
    • City of Norfolk and local businesses – created Norfolk first Senior Support Services Seminar connecting over 1,500 senior citizens to community based resources
    • Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast – creating summer camps for Norfolk Youth
    • Life Enrichment Center – tutoring Norfolk Youth in reading skills
    • TCC – job skills training
    • EVMS – Health and mental counseling
    • Special Achievements
      • Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Certification
      • Member of the Norfolk Criminal Justice Board
      • Regional X representative on the Virginia Sheriff’s Association
      • Legislative Committee member on the Virginia Sheriff’s Association
      • Opioid Abatement Authority Board member
      • Regional Chair for Special Olympics Virginia
      • Scheduled to be the State Chair for Special Olympic in 2023

  • Supporting the Norfolk Sheriff's Office staff:

    • Increased retirement multiplier (1.7 to 1.85)
    • Created employee college tuition program
    • Advocated for better pay with the city which has resulted in increased salaries and added to the public safety pay plan
    • Universal leadership training
    • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) – to effectively manage and recognize the mentally ill in our custody
    • Narcan training – to effectively respond to opioid overdoses
    • Personally deliver certificates of personnel achievements

  • Encouraging the inmates in the Norfolk City Jail:

    • Grant program for co-disorders of substance abuse and mental health
    • Expanded all GED training operations: Highest GED Passing Rate!
      • Self-study program
      • NPS – in house training
      • Virtual training
    • First in the Region offering Medicine Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction. (Vivitrol)
    • First in the region with “2nd Chances Fatherhood Program” allowing Inmates to continue to Co-Parent their Children while in our care.
    • Partnership with TCC where Inmates Participate in the Workforce Development “Job Skills Training Program” (JSTP)
    • Partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School providing Health and Mental Counseling to Female Inmates


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