Harding Enters Sheriff Race

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

February 13, 2007

Just one day after Albemarle Sheriff Ed Robb officially resigned, a familiar face in the Charlottesville Police Department is vying for his spot.

Charlottesville Police Captain 'Chip 'Harding officially announced his bid for the Republican nomination Tuesday morning.

The captain has served almost thirty years in the police department and listed several goals he wishes to accomplish if elected sheriff, including a Community Work Force Program, that would give non-violent prisoners jobs, such as cleaning up roads, to help them pay off court fines. This is a program he studied in Norfolk.

"He has men who are showing up and not paying child support and saying 'I just don't have the money, I don't have a job,'" Harding recalls from his observations in Norfolk.

"Well, the Sheriff's Department steps up and says, 'Well, we got a job for you.' And he bids out these contracts and puts the people to work there."

Harding would also like to improve sentencing for sex offenders, expand the DNA database, set up an Internet Crimes Against Children Multi-jurisdictional Task Force, and keep up the "top notch" work the Sheriff's office has been doing.

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