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Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office celebrates promotions & retirements during ceremony at Law Enforcement Training Academy

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office today recognized those who have received promotions and those who have recently retired during a ceremony at the Law Enforcement Training Academy The event recognized 10 promotions and four retirements with a combined 68 years of service.

The promotions process at the Sheriff’s Office is extremely competitive and weighs deputies’ performance, experience, tenure, leadership, volunteerism, training and education. The ceremony honored one promotion from sergeant to lieutenant and nine promotions from corporal/master deputy to sergeant.

The ceremony also honored retirees Cpl. James Slee, who served 22 years, Master Deputy Henry Pierce, who served 20 years, Master Deputy Curtis White, who served 13 years, and Master Deputy Bobby Miller, who also served 13 years.

Sheriff Ken Stolle and Chief Victoria Thomson congratulated those who earned promotions and thanked the retirees for their dedicated years of service.

“I can’t think of a greater calling than to serve the public and protect the public,” Sheriff Stolle said. “These men and women can go anywhere they want but they chose the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, which speaks volumes. It shows their willingness to make a commitment to the people of Virginia Beach and they are willing to make a commitment to the VBSO.”

The ceremony was broadcast live on the VBSO Facebook page, and can be seen on the VBSO YouTube channel.

For questions or requests for additional information from the news media, please contact: Toni Guagenti, or Margie Hobbs,, VBSO Public Information Officers. They can also be reached at 757-385-8446 or cell 757-373-5012.