For the month of May, we are excited to introduce to you Bland County Sheriff Jason Ramsey. We asked him to give us insight into his career as well as what inspires him outside of law enforcement. When asked what new initiatives he plans to focus on, Sheriff Ramsey replied, “Since taking office, our number one goal has been to make sure all citizens of the county are safe and protected.”
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 Sheriffs – Sheriff Jason Ramsey – Bland County
1. What new initiatives do you plan to focus on?
Since taking office, our number one goal has been to make sure all citizens of the county are safe and protected.
2. In light of various challenges, especially the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, how can the sheriff’s office and law enforcement as a whole work to build trust among their communities?
Since the pandemic started, our department has offered services such as, medication pick up; grocery pick up, working with public school system in delivering meals to students in households when the schools were shut down; we have offered our Chaplin services to anyone who may be distressed or who felt the need to have prayer; we also provided traffic control and security for the inoculation sites in the county.
3. How are you supporting the vaccine distribution across Virginia?
By providing traffic control and security measures at the inoculation sites.
4. What is something you would like to accomplish?
Definitely reducing any type of criminal activity that occurs in our county.
5. To what do you look forward most about your job?
Working with, and for, the citizens of Bland County.
6. Who have been mentors and/or role models in your life/career?
Definitely the preceding sheriffs of our county with whom I worked with. Also, my Uncle, Henry Conley. All these fine men were great examples of how to be moral and ethical leaders.
7. What energizes and inspires you to continue to dedicate yourself to your work, protecting and serving your community?
The sense of accomplishment when you see that you have truly helped someone in their time of need.
8. What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
Spending time with family.
9. What are some of your favorite songs on your music playlist?
Anything by Eric Clapton, Tyler Childers or Blackberry Smoke.
10. What is your favorite book?
11. What sports/teams do you root for?
VT Hokies, Dallas Cowboys, & Atlanta Braves
12. What drew you to law enforcement?
My uncle was a law enforcement officer.
13. What did you do before being elected to the office of sheriff?
I was a deputy sheriff.
14. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Ability to read minds, this would help to solve cold cases and to get answers to criminal cases we have yet to solve.
15. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
The countryside of England
16. What are you most proud of?
17. What’s your favorite movie genre?
18. What character trait do you most admire in others?
Compassion & kindness
19. What have you taken away from the past year that you will carry forward in your work?
The people of our county are tough and resilient. Our county always pulls together, helping others in need.
Sheriff Jason Ramsey Biography
Born and raised in Bland, County, Sheriff Ramsey was educated in Bland County Public Schools. He attended Wytheville Community College and Bluefield College and began his law enforcement career as a dispatcher with The Bland County Sheriff’s Office in July 1992. Over the course of his career, Sheriff Ramsey has worked as a communications officer, deputy sheriff in the jail, patrol deputy, school resource officer (SRO), master deputy, interdiction officer, patrol sergeant, lieutenant, and, now he is blessed to be sheriff.
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
November 2020 – Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. “Duck” Adams
December 2020 – Gloucester County Sheriff Darrell W. Warren, Jr.
January 2021 – City of Portsmouth Sheriff Michael A. Moore
February 2021- Dickenson County Sheriff Jeremy Fleming
March 2021 – Appomattox County Sheriff Donald Simpson