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For the month of November, we are pleased to introduce to you Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. “Duck” Adams. He is currently in his third term as Sheriff of Dinwiddie County. When asked if he could have any superpower, he replied, “Having the power to lead someone down the right path who would otherwise be headed in the wrong direction is a superpower that we can all strive for.”

If you’ve missed previous introductions of our Virginia Sheriffs, links to these posts may be found at the bottom of this page. We hope you will come to know and appreciate these individuals as much as we do! Our Sheriff introductions may also be found on our Facebook page, along with other interesting news items about our member sheriffs!

Get to Know Your Virginia Sheriffs – Dinwiddie County Sheriff Adams

Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. “Duck” Adams
Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. “Duck” Adams

What new initiatives do you plan to focus on?
My focus will be on assuring that the deputies treat citizens as they deserve, continuing to promote a transparent office, and having deputies work to establish trust in the community.

2. How has COVID-19 impacted you, your office, your work?
Being a smaller office, if an employee or deputy is exposed and must quarantine, losing them for 14 days can put a strain on operations. Traffic enforcement and interaction with the public is limited. Courts require more deputies to adjust to COVID requirements for continued operation of the courts.

3. In light of the social unrest across Virginia and the nation, how can the sheriff’s office and law enforcement as a whole work to build trust among their communities?
I currently participate in the Dinwiddie County task force with Dinwiddie County to see what we can do to improve racial relations in the county. I am also on a committee with Virginia State University, which includes all of the police chiefs within the area. This committee’s purpose is to build trust and to change the way citizens view law enforcement.

4. To what do you look forward most about your job?
I enjoy helping everyone and anyone in need. I am known throughout the community to go out of my way to help people and treat everyone the same.

5. Who have been your mentors and/or role models in your life/career?
My mother and father have been my role models and the previous Sheriffs of Dinwiddie County I worked with have been my mentors. 

6. What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
I enjoy hunting, fishing, and working on my tractors.

7. What are some of your favorite songs on your music playlist?
I enjoy classic country and 70’s rock.

8. What is your favorite book?
The Bible is my favorite book.

9. What sports/teams do you root for?
I root for Virginia Tech.

10. What drew you to law enforcement?
My interest in law enforcement came through my brother, who is now a retired Chesterfield County Police Officer.

11. What did you do before being elected to the office of sheriff?
I worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Dinwiddie County for 32 years.

12. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
God is who I look to, because with him on your side, any weapon formed against you will do no good. Having the power to lead someone down the right path who would otherwise be headed in the wrong direction is a superpower that we can all strive for.

13. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I would like to visit Alaska.

14. What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the confidence the citizens of Dinwiddie County have in me to elect me three times as their sheriff.

15. What is your favorite movie genre?
I love to watch biopics.

16. What character trait do you most admire in others?
The traits I admire most are persistence, integrity, and devotion.

Sheriff Adams Bio –
Sheriff Adams was born and raised in Dinwiddie County, graduating from Dinwiddie County High School in 1975. Over the past 30 years, Sheriff Adams has held the following positions: Dispatcher, Jailer, Road Deputy, Sergeant, Investigator and Lieutenant/Chief Investigator. He is a graduate of the Virginia Forensics Science academy.

Sheriff Adams was elected as Sheriff of Dinwiddie County in January 2012. He is currently in his third term as Sheriff of Dinwiddie County.

Getting to Know Your Virginia Sheriffs Archives

May 2019 – Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall
June 2019 – Northampton County Sheriff David Doughty
July 2019 – Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl S. Leonard
August 2019 – Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman
September 2019 – Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland
October 2019 – Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid
November 2019 – City of Richmond Sheriff Dr. Antionette Irving
December 2019 – City of Salem Sheriff April Staton
January 2020 – City of Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts
February 2020 –  Lunenburg County Sheriff Arthur Townsend
June 2020- Rapphahannock County Sheriff Connie Compton
July 2020- Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons
September 2020- City of Falls Church Sheriff Metin “Matt” Cay