June 16, 2014
The acting sheriff of Fluvanna County kicks off his campaign to take over the job permanently.
Eric Hess began his campaign for the November special election on Monday, June 16.
Hess has served as chief deputy of the Fluvanna Co. Sheriff's Office for eight years, but took over as acting sheriff when Ryant Washington stepped down last month.
If elected, Hess says he wants to add a new school resource officer to the division and step up community policing so deputies can interact more with the people in the county.
“You have to adapt your agency, and you have to continue moving forward,” says Hess. “You can't become complacent and stay in one state of mind. You always have to keep moving forward. That's what Sheriff Washington did when he was here in 14 years, and I continue to do the same.”
Hess will face Fluvanna Co. resident Mark Belew in the special election this November.