Phelps seeks seventh term

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ISLE OF WIGHT—Isle of Wight County Sheriff C.W. “Charlie” Phelps on Tuesday announced plans to seek a seventh term in office.

No one else has filed to run for the four-year position in the Nov. 8 General Election, said Lisa Betterton, registrar for Isle of Wight County Voter Registration Office. The job pays $80,209 annually, according to the county website.

Phelps, who made the announcement in a news release, could not be reached for additional comment.

He has served 24 years as sheriff and worked for the Smithfield Police Department for 20 years.

Phelps oversees a staff of 49, six auxiliary deputies, several part-time employees and a Homeland Security Division. He also manages the day-to-day operations of the Animal Control Department.

In a news release, Phelps said he has diligently met the needs of the citizens and the needs of his agency and its personnel while staying within budget, even when funding was drastically cut.

He has been appointed by two governors to serve on Department of Criminal Justice Services Boards, has served on the Western Tidewater Regional Jail’s Board of Directors since its inception, serves on the Board of the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy and has continually served as the Chairman of the Board for the Emergency Communications Center.