Sheriff Darrell W. Warren Jr. commands a progressive Sheriff’s Office, and leads over 100 deputies and civilian personnel across multiple office divisions, each tasked with specific missions and goals. As a full-service agency, the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for providing law enforcement services to over 38,000 citizens, with a jurisdictional boundary of 288 square miles. The Sheriff's Office also manages the 911 Center, which dispatches law enforcement, fire, and rescue services for the county. Sheriff Warren oversees the Gloucester County Jail, which houses an average daily population of around thirty inmates - the bulk of the County's inmates are held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw. Deputies also provide security for the County Courthouse, and our Civil Process Division serves several thousand civil papers annually.
Sheriff Warren was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, and joined the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office in 1991 as a patrol deputy. Sheriff Warren was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 1995, where he also joined the Special Operations Unit. In 1998, Warren was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant and shortly thereafter, transferred to Investigations where he served as the Criminal Investigations Division Supervisor. In 2000, his promotion to Captain of Law Enforcement placed him as the Division Commander in charge of Uniform Patrol, Investigations, School Resource Officers, Communications, and Auxiliary personnel. Sheriff Warren also served as the Commander of the Special Operations Unit and Public Information Officer for the office. In 2008, Warren was promoted to Major of Law Enforcement and in 2010 appointed to serve as the Chief Deputy. In 2011, Warren served as the Accreditation Manager when the Sheriff’s Office earned their Accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Sheriff Warren has proudly served the community as Sheriff since February of 2012. He has seen the office obtain its second re-accreditation, and serves on multiple state boards: he is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC), is a member of the Virginia Highway Safety Committee, and in September of 2020 was elected from among his peers to serve as the president of the Virginia Sheriff's Association, an 8,600 member organization that represents the interests of the Commonwealth's sheriffs, deputies, and civilian office employees. Sheriff Warren is also on the board of directors for the Gloucester Boys and Girls Clubs of America and is a member of the executive board for the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy located in Newport News, Virginia.
Sheriff Warren is a graduate of the 236th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy, a 2001 graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond and he holds a degree in Administration of Justice. Locally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester and is a member of the Abingdon Ruritan Club and Union Baptist Church.