Command Staff



SHERIFF - Sheriff Luther H. Sodat, Jr.


E-mail: (Please contact Executive Assistant below)


The Sheriff, as the only duly elected official of the Sheriff’s Office, coordinates all activities of the agency and its appointees; disseminates and enforces the rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Hopewell’s codes and/or ordinances; responsible for budget and overall financial management of the Sheriff’s Office; completes and submits all reports as required by law. The Sheriff is the highest ranking Law Officer in the Sheriff’s Office and is in charge of every aspect of the office.



Chief Deputy- Captain S. Kephart


Email: skephart@hopewellva.gov


The Chief Deputy is second in command, and reports directly to the Sheriff. The Chief Deputy assists the Sheriff with the daily operation of the Sheriff’s Office by recommending agency policy changes to enhance safety and efficiency of its employees. Additional responsibilities include the scheduling of training for all divisions; helps coordinate interaction between divisions, in order to facilitate the standards for professionalism, ethics and moral within the Sheriff’s Office.



Administration- Executive Assistant J. Aultman


Email: jaultman@hopewellva.gov


The Administrative Division assists the Sheriff by ensuring that all component parts of the Agency coordinate their activities in order to promote a greater efficiency in accomplishing the objectives of the Agency. Responsibilities include: processing accounts receivables and payables for the Agency, supervision of support personnel, and coordinate and process Agency files and records.



Highway Safety Program and Training - Sergeant J. Eckenrode


Email: jeckenrode@hopewellva.gov


This Division is one of two line elements of the Hopewell Sheriff’s Office and is responsible for 24-hour patrol and crime prevention functions, preliminary investigation of most crimes, preparation of reports relating to crimes or incidents, traffic enforcement management, calls for non-crime related services, Deputy Training, and equipment requisition. The Sergeant reports to the Chief Deputy.



Courts and transportation - Sergeant B. Loving


Email: bloving@hopewellva.gov


This Division is one of two line elements of the Hopewell Sheriff’s Office and is responsible for day to day operation of the courthouse, court security, inmate transportation, preparation of reports relating to crimes or incidents, calls for non-crime related services, and Deputy Training. The Sergeant reports to the Chief Deputy.


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