Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office recognizes promotions, retirements

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office today recognized those who have received promotions and those who have retired over the past nine months during a ceremony at the Law Enforcement Training Academy. The event recognized 14 promotions and 17 retirements.

The promotions process at the Sheriff’s Office is extremely competitive and weighs deputies’ performance, experience, tenure, leadership, volunteerism, training and education. The honorees received promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Two lieutenants were promoted to captain, one of the highest ranks in the Sheriff’s Office: Capt. Christina Mapes, who has served 22 years, and Capt. Alvie Culanding, who has served 19 1/2 years and is the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office’s first Filipino captain.

“You have proven your value time and time again and have earned these promotions through your hard work and diligence every single day. You are the elite of the elite and you deserve to be congratulated,” said Sheriff Ken Stolle. “I know you will make us proud and will continue to lead and uphold the high standards that define the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.”

The ceremony also honored the office’s retirees. Since April 2016, 10 deputies, five auxiliary deputies and two civilians have retired from the Sheriff’s Office with more than 300 years of combined service.

“Thank you for your years of loyal service,” said Sheriff Stolle. “We are indebted to you for sharing your talents, your time and your lives with us. You will be missed, but your contributions to the Sheriff’s Office and to the citizens of Virginia Beach will not be forgotten.”

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact: Kathy Hieatt, Public Information Officer: 757.570.9123.