Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director John Jones joined Sheriff Vanessa Crawford at her swearing-in ceremony on Friday night. In 2005, Sheriff Crawford was sworn in as Petersburg’s first African-American female sheriff. She was born and raised in the Petersburg, attended Petersburg Public Schools, and received her B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sheriff Crawford is married to Leon, a retired military officer, and they have 5 children. Click HERE for more information on Sheriff Crawford.