Sheriff McEathron to seek fourth term

Daniel McEathron

Longtime Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron plans to run for another term.

McEathron announced on Thursday his intentions to seek the Republican Party nomination as its candidate in the Nov. 3 election and a fourth term in office. McEathron, 53, was first elected in 2003 and took office in January 2004.

McEathron moved to Warren County as a child in 1974 and joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1982. McEathron and his wife, Donna, have two children.

“Originally, even when I was running back in 2003 I wanted to be sheriff long-term, three or four terms,” McEathron said. “I’m currently 53 years old and 33 years in [the Sheriff’s Office] and we’ve been able to accomplish a lot with the Sheriff’s Office and the county of Warren and moving a lot of things forward, but I am still very excited about the opportunity the community gives me to be their sheriff.”

McEathron recalled that he assumed the role of sheriff with several goals in mind, one of which was to “improve the professionalism and accountability” of the office.

McEathron said the office achieved that goal by receiving its accreditation. The sheriff cited the creation of a new public safety building as another goal the office accomplished. McEathron noted that, early on in his tenure, he knew the county would need a new jail. Warren County eventually joined with Shenandoah and Rappahannock counties to make the new, regional jail happen.

“But, you know, there’s still more to do as far as general public safety,” McEathron said. “I’m very much interested in public safety and, with everything that’s going on in the world today, you definitely need experienced leaders in positions.”

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