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Last Updated: 2018-01-05

“I am proud of my city and I am honored to serve the citizens of the City of Richmond.” - Sheriff Antionette V. Irving.

Sheriff Antionette V. Irving

Meet Sheriff Antionette Irving

On January 1, 2018, Dr. Antionette V. Irving became Sheriff of the City of Richmond facilitating one of the largest Sheriff's Offices in the Commonwealth, to include over 450 sworn and civilian staff members.

Sheriff Irving is a proud native of the City of Richmond and product of the public school system. She grew up in the city's Creighton Court public housing complex, where she learned the values of respect and discipline that have served her throughout her career. After graduating from Armstrong-Kennedy High School, her strong work ethic drove her to become a college basketball standout, eventually being named to the Shaw University Hall of Fame.

Sheriff Irving enjoyed a 26+ year career in the Henrico Sheriff’s Office and was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Major in either the Henrico Sheriff’s Office or Police Department. Her leadership and vision encompass organizational management, fiscal administration, human resources development, conflict resolution, and community relations. As she steps in to her new role, Sheriff Irving will focus on establishing a culture of excellence at the Sheriff’s Office by focusing on the professional development of the staff, establishing strong community partnerships, and equipping residents of the Justice Center with the resources they need to prepare themselves for successful reentry into society.

Sheriff Irving is a committed mentor, civic leader, and philanthropist in the City of Richmond, volunteering within the community and through the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. A strong proponent of education, she strives to encourage young people to develop values, self-esteem, character, and discipline through AVI Foundation, which she founded and where she serves as President.

In addition to her BA in Criminal Justice from Shaw University, Sheriff Irving earned her Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and her PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University. Sheriff Irving’s numerous honors and recognitions include:

  • Leadership Metro Richmond graduate
  • 2002 YWCA Women of the Year in Government and Politics
  • Emerge Virginia Boot Camp, Class of 2017
  • Golden Life Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Charter Member, Henrico County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • President, Virginia Center for Restorative Justice
  • Advisory Council Member and Volunteer, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
  • Living Legend Honoree, National Alumni Association of Shaw University
  • 2017 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drum Major Award

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