Commonwealth Attorney Tom Bowers, Chief Deputy April Staton, Sheriff Ric Atkins, and Judge Charles Dorsey gather together after the ceremony.
April Staton was officially recognized as Salem’s new Chief Deputy Sheriff in a ceremony August 1 at the Salem’s courthouse.
Staton takes over for former Deputy Sheriff David Rorer, who retired earlier this summer.
Major Staton began her law enforcement career with the Salem Sheriff’s Office in January 2003. After completing just three years of service, she was awarded the distinction of Master Deputy Sheriff, a position recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia for excellence in performance, training, and service. In 2008, she continued her rise in rank to the position of Sergeant, becoming the first female to achieve such distinction for the Sheriff’s Office.
“I like to refer to Major Staton as being dynamic. You could use every synonym of that word to describe her,” said Salem City Sheriff Ric Atkins. “her dedication, commitment, and loyalty to the citizens she serves, as well as her fellow appointees, are beyond compromise.”
“My appreciation of this promotion is truly inexplicable,” said Staton. “I expect that what I will be able to offer to this position is a common sense style of leadership, and efficiency… to have this position after years of hard work, and determination gives me a great sense of achievement.”
Staton was joined in the ceremony by her family including parents Dennis Staton and Valerie Lewis. She has three younger siblings that she constantly tries to model hard work for – two brothers, Jarrod and Lucas, and a sister, Atlanta.
“I always tell my siblings to work hard and listen,” she said. “That is always what I have done to get to this new chapter in my career. I look forward to being Chief Deputy, and leading this Office alongside Sheriff Atkins.”
Photo and story courtesy of The Roanoke Times