J. E. "Chip" Harding's Resume

Professional Experience


Assumed Elected Position as Sheriff of Albemarle County-Commonwealth of Virginia

Oversee approximately 20 full-time, 4 part-time deputies and "Virginia's Largest Reserve Division" with 50 sworn reserve deputies and a budget of 1.8 million dollars

2001 to 2007

Captain of the Charlottesville Police Department

Wore badge number two and was responsible for officers in Investigations, the JADE Drug Task Force, the present Neighborhood Service Bureau (Crime Prevention/Community Policing), the FBI Terrorism Task Force, the Traffic Unit and the Forensic Unit. I often serve as "acting" Chief when Chief Tim Longo is out of town. The department has approximately 160 employees. Member International Association of Chiefs of Police.  Awarded 2007 Top Ten Cop in America Award in New Orleans by Parade Magazine & International Association of Chief's of Police

1993 to 2001

Lieutenant of Investigations and Patrol-Charlottesville Police Department

Served in various capacities. Worked as a shift Commander on all three Patrol Shifts. Spent several years overseeing Investigations, Forensics and three separate multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Forces (one of which I wrote a grant for and obtained several hundred thousand dollars of funding for Albemarle, Charlottesville and UVA Police Departments).

1988 to 1993

Sergeant of Investigations- Charlottesville Police Department

Supervised local multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force and was coordinator of a Federal Drug Enforcement Task Force (DEA sworn) Units put together historical conspiracy investigations and ran undercover operations. I was qualified by the Federal Judge as an expert witness in drug matters. We dismantled several drug organizations and had two defendants receive life with no parole.

1984 to 1988

First Full Time Narcotic Detective-Charlottesville Police Department

While with FBI Task Force my partner and I initiated a wiretap investigation with the Virginia State Police and FBI. This brought the Federal Grand Jury in this area used by local departments to investigate drug trafficking and resulted in dozens of high-level arrest and seizures of large quantities of cocaine and cash/other assets. During this same period I wrote a "position paper" on why proceeds from drug dealers seized assets should go to law enforcement instead of the state literary fund. I sent copies to all my representatives in the General Assembly. Del. George Allen picked up my cause and after several years of going down to testify it passed.

1979 to 1988

Detective in Youth and General Investigations - murder, rape, robbery, and larceny-Charlottesville Police Department


Patrol Officer-Charlottesville Police Department

Attended basic school (where I was class valedictorian) and assigned mid-night patrol. Patrolled a district and walked Downtown Mall.

1974 to 1978

Juvenile Court Probation Counselor-16th District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Service Unit.

Worked as a counselor, primarily with inner city children in the Charlottesville. Also covered parts of Albemarle County.

1971 to 1974

Collegiate Intern in Social Work

Did college internships at the Richmond City Jail as a classification officer (interviewing and placing inmates), as a counselor at the Exodus Halfway House (youth returning from state corrections) and I worked one summer at Beaumont Correctional Facility as a counselor for the juvenile inmates. I also served as an Offender Aid and Restoration volunteer.

Additional Law Enforcement Accomplishments


Original member of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Of area professionals who are working together to develop a comprehensive juvenile justice plan for the community.


Founded and currently Chairman "Citizens for DNA"

Successfully assisted in lobbying Governor Allen and the General Assembly to fully fund the DNA Data Bank. According to several experts in the field Charlottesville has led the entire country in data bank "hits" (per capita) 1999 -2001. I receive invitations from national organizations to speak around the country on this topic. Virginia has gone from averaging 2 to 3 hits a year to 2 to 3 a day.

In 2006 I discovered some samples missing from the Data Bank that should have been there. I investigated and wrote a "position paper" which I forwarded to Governor Tim Kane and Senator Deeds, Del. Bell and Del. Toscana.

Del. Bell sponsored HB3034 to correct some of the problems I had discovered. I testified before House and Senate Committees. The bill passed unanimously. There is now an initiative under way to get the missed felons into the Databank, which will clear hundreds of unsolved cases around the State of Virginia. I serve on a "work group" within the Secretary of Public Safety's Office in Richmond to oversee progress.


Appointed by Governor Allen to the State Board of Juvenile Justice

This is a Seven-member policy making board that oversees the juvenile justice system in Virginia (probation and correctional). I was elected Chairman of the Board.


Original member Drug Court Advisory Board

This board developed the first Charlottesville/Albemarle Drug Court. The Board continues to oversight.



Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

I have not applied for acceptance in the MBA Program but have been allowed to take MBA courses for credit. I have completed "Level Three Leadership" and "Leading Strategic Change" I currently have 12 graduate hours completed through the University of Virginia maintaining a 4.0 average.


FBI National Academy176th Session, Quantico, Virginia

An eleven-week school for police supervisors from all over the world. I earned 15 credit hours through The University of Virginia including 6 graduate level hours in management and public relations.


Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy

Honor Graduate 20th Basic Law Enforcement School (class valedictorian)


Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare

Community Service

  • Coached girls softball, T-Ball, minor league baseball and little league football

  • Currently Sunday School teacher First Baptist Church (Park Street)

  • Member Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited

  • President's Council for Good News Jail @ Prison Ministry

  • Design and Challenge Advisory Board (encourages 6th to 8th graders, especially low income children, to develop an interest in trade schools)

  • Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary Foundation)

  • Law Enforcement Commendation Medal (State award given by the National Sons of the American Revolution, presented at the Capital in Richmond for my contributions to local drug enforcement)


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J. E. "Chip" Harding

Albemarle Sheriff's Office
411 E. High Street Bldg B
Charlottesville, Va 22902