Charlie Thomas election sign

David Crigger / Bristol Herald Courier


BRISTOL, Virginia – While Charlie Thomas has spent much of his law enforcement career in Tennessee, he hopes to change that by becoming Bristol, Virginia’s next sheriff.

Thomas, 56, is the Republican candidate for city sheriff. In the parliamentary elections on November 2, he faces police detective Tyrone Foster, who is running as an independent man. Early voting started last month and will last until October 30th.

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Charlie Thomas

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“I have had a 30-year career in law enforcement, including 19 as a manager and 14 at the executive level,” said Thomas. “I’ve been a captain since 2007. I think I have the right combination of leadership, training and hands-on experience to do the best job. “

He is currently the Captain of the Patrol Division of the Bristol Tennessee Police Department since 2014. Before that, he was captain of the detective department for seven years.

“I have years of experience in planning and research, budgeting, purchasing, human resource issues, creating and managing grants, creating and implementing policies, and working with city officials to achieve goals,” he said.

Foster touts his extensive experience in applying for the sheriff of Bristol, Virginia

Thomas currently oversees 41 employees and an annual operating budget of $ 3.7 million.

Before securing the GOP nomination, he spoke at meetings of Bristol Virginia City Council, advocating that the board slow down the process of closing the prison and moving its prisoners to the Southwest Regional Jail Authority, and named it Public safety problem, all these law enforcement agencies are losing staff currently working in prison.