Winchester policeman announces campaign for sheriff

City of Winchester Police Department Corp. Jason Poe said he hopes to take the helm as Warren County sheriff come the November 2019 election.

Winchester Police Department Cpl. Jason Poe said he hopes to take the helm as Warren County sheriff come the November 2019 election.

Poe, 38, announced his campaign Thursday, a day after Sheriff Daniel McEathron said he plans to retire at the end of this term.

A lifelong Warren County resident, Poe began his law enforcement career fresh out of high school in 1998 as a Warren County Sheriff’s Office communications officer. A news release states that he was promoted to deputy in 2000 and assigned to the patrol division.

The release states that Poe served in various capacities, including SWAT Team commander. His last role with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office before his departure in January 2017 was as the shift leader responsible for overseeing several department programs.

Poe said his objective is illustrated through his campaign slogan, which is to achieve “excellence through partnerships and transparency.”

Those partnerships, he said, would be formed by creating bonds through youth development programs and community outreach.

He said the transparency would come in the form of having an open line of communication with citizens. He added that under his leadership, the office would be “open and honest,” acknowledge mistakes and hold people accountable.

“If you don’t have that partnership and that transparency, you’re in for a rough road,” he said.

He added that McEathron has done a “fabulous” job and would like to build and expand upon current policies, adding that he had nothing negative thing to say about the office’s operations.

The main issues Poe would like to confront include the heroin and opioid crisis, school violence and mental and behavioral health.

Poe’s background includes graduating from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy and serving as the lead instructor for the officer survival course at Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy.

Poe said he would like to work for the Sheriff’s Office again because Warren County is his home.

“I’m really excited about the upcoming election. I want to work really hard to earn each and every citizens’ vote and it’s important to me for them to trust in me and my leadership,” he said.

He added that, if elected, he hopes to serve at least three terms.