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Last Updated: 2010-07-22

"My commitment to the City of Richmond citizens is to protect and serve."-C.T. Woody Jr., Sheriff

Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr.

Richmond City Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. facilitates one of the largest Sheriff's Offices in the Commonwealth, to include over 450 sworn and civilian staff members. Sheriff Woody took office January 2006 and is serving his third consecutive term in the City of Richmond. In July 2014, working with the Mayor and City Council, his vision became a reality when the City of Richmond opened its doors to a state of the art jail facility - the Richmond City Justice Center (RCJC).

Sheriff Woody is a career law enforcement officer with over 48 years dedicated of serving and protecting the citizens of Richmond City. In 1968, he began his career with the Richmond Police Department, walking a beat in the Southside. From there, his experiences broadened as he went on to the K-9 unit, narcotics detective, undercover officer, and SWAT team. While in charge of the Community Intelligence Team, he led a team of officers to build a partnership between the community and the Richmond Police Department.

A key component in Sheriff Woody's administration involves incorporating community-based and faith-based partnerships into the RCJC educational and recovery programming. In addition to a new inmate vocational training program made possible through a partnership with numerous pastors and the Richmond Technical Center, Sheriff Woody's support of the Richmond Sheriff's Chaplaincy Program now offers faith-based programming through more than 100 volunteer Chaplains representing a wide variety of faith traditions. Additionally, the Sheriff has allowed an unprecedented level of community involvement in meeting the needs of the men and women of the RCJC, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars of donations in the form of books, stamps, clothing and other personal items.

Sheriff Woody has instructed at the College of William and Mary Law School for the Department of Criminal Justice and Commonwealth Attorneys Conference and was a certified instructor for the Richmond Police Department Training Academy. He completed Criminal Justice coursework at Virginia Union University and is a 1992 graduate from Leadership Metro Richmond.

During his prestigious career, Sheriff Woody has been honored at numerous events and received over 250 awards, including the "Martin Luther King, Jr Outstanding Service to the Community Award", presented by Sharon Baptist Church Deacons Ministries; "Salute to Excellence - Meritorious Police Duty", presented by the City of Richmond Police Department; "Lifetime Achievement Award", presented by the City of Richmond Police Department Salute to Excellence; "Community Service Award", presented by Richmond City Council and named "Citizen of the Year", presented by the Phi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for his outstanding contributions to the community and humanity; Sixth Baptist Church and Living the Dream, Inc. honored Sheriff Woody during 2011 with awards for his years of dedication and service in the area of Criminal Justice. In 2016, he accepted the flag of the United States of America, on behalf of his agency, which was flown in honor of the Richmond City Sheriff's Office aboard a United States Air Force C-130J aircraft during combat missions into Iraq on September 9, 2016. Sheriff Woody holds the distinction of receiving appointments to the Urban Policy Taskforce and the Governing Board for the Virginia Prisoner and Juvenile Re-Entry Council, by two Governors.

Sheriff Woody and his administration continue to be recognized nationally for the programs offered to the residents at the RCJC. One of his programs titled the "R.E.A.L" program (Recovering from Everyday Addictive Lifestyle) has been a success. An off branch of this program features the "Father-Daughter" dance which has been successful as well for the last three years. This story was featured on the Steve Harvey Show and CNN's "This is Life with Lisa Ling" in October 2015.

Through enhanced training, promoting employee growth potential, and focused objectives, Sheriff Woody will continue to protect and serve the citizens of the City of Richmond and encourage the development of our young men and women prior to their return to society.

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