Goochland’s venerable courthouse green was filled on the morning of Saturday, November17 with friends and supporters of native son Steven Creasey, 43, as he announced his candidacy for Goochland Sheriff in next year’s election. Four members of the Board of Supervisors, the county treasurer, and Clerk of the Court joined present and former county deputies for the occasion,
Creasey, who has been employed by the sheriff’s office since 1995, spoke of his love for the county and devotion to serve its citizens.
Following an invocation by Deacon Joseph Johnson III of Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church, Ben Slone, a member of the Goochland Economic Development Authority and longtime friend of Creasey, reminded the assembly what makes Goochland special. “It is the greatest county in the Commonwealth, perhaps the entire nation.”
James L. Agnew, who has served as county sheriff since 1992 at the age of 38, announced his intention to retire at the end of the current term, explained what the Sheriff’s Office does.
It is not, said Agnew, about riding around and writing tickets; making arrests; excitement; or the donut shop. It is about long and tiring shifts, missing the holidays and family gatherings that we cherish; it is often dangerous and is, above all, about a commitment to Goochland and serving all of its citizens.
More importantly, said Agnew, he job requires the ability to apply the law in a fair and equal manner to all; service above self; training, education and positive interaction with the community. The Sheriff must possess strong character, impeccable integrity; devotion to duty; willingness to sacrifice; management skills; and “doing the right thing.”
|Steven Creasey with wife Grace and daughter following announcement.|
Agnew said that he believes that Steven Creasey is the best person to take the reins of the Sheriff’s Office because he possesses the honesty, character, and integrity that form the essential foundation of an exceptional law enforcement agency.
Steven Creasey’s commitment to Goochland includes 26 years of volunteer service with Goochland fire-rescue, including several years as a member of its Board of Directors. He started his law enforcement career as a dispatcher and rose through the ranks to patrol sergeant, his rank for the past ten years. As patrol sergeant, Creasey supervises deputies that keep watch 24/7 as they make the rounds of all parts of the county. He also supervises communications, which includes dispatch, perhaps the most crucial component of an effective law enforcement organization.
Creasey, contended Agnew, has a calling to serve his community. The Sheriff, a Constitutional officer, has enormous responsibility. The office is charged with the careful management and efficient use of tax dollars; upholding the constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth; embracing advances in technology; and displaying bravery and calm in the face of chaos. That is made possible by training and education.
In addition to raising a family, volunteering, and working often grueling twelve hour shifts, Creasey earned associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice, proving he has the drive and initiative necessary to lead the department.
In his years of service in the Sheriff’s Office, said Agnew, no one has ever questioned Creasey’s integrity or honor. “He has proven himself over and over again to be dependable, reliable, capable and honest.”.
Creasey, in a soft-spoken yet firm tone of voice explained that he is running for Sheriff to serve and protect all citizens of our county. Goochland is a special place, he said. Time on patrol has given him knowledge of all of the county’s 284 square miles, its differing topography, and varied people.
He pledged to serve “our county” and build on the legacy that has made the Goochland Sheriff’s Office one of the most respected Sheriff’s Office in the Commonwealth. Visit /www.creaseyforsheriff.com for more information.