Randall Pushes Police Department Again at Post Election Press Conference

The day after Democrats won majorities on the local Board of Supervisors and in the state General Assembly, returning County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) hosted a press conference where she repeated her call to create a Loudoun County Police Department.

“We don’t have to recreate this wheel,” Randall said. “We can look to Fairfax county, to Prince William county, to many other large counties around the commonwealth to understand how that is done.”

Randall pointed out that in other large counties, the sheriff’s office only supervises the courts and jail, and said law enforcement should never be political.

“Every four years, the sheriff’s deputies are always worried about whether or not they get to keep their jobs based on if they supported somebody in an election,” Randall said. “That should not happen.”

A former Loudoun detective is currently seeking a U.S. Supreme Court hearing for a wrongful termination lawsuit against Sheriff Michael L. Chapman after he was not re-sworn for supporting a different candidate in the Republican primary during the previous local election.

Randall also said she would wait to hear from Chapman about his campaign proposal to put a sheriff’s deputy School Resource Office in every elementary school. Chapman and Randall’s Republican challenger, John C. L. Whitbeck Jr., first proposed that during supervisors’ Fiscal Year 2020 budget deliberations in January. Chapman had not asked the board for the funding to do that. The current board asked Chapman for a proposal to begin that process this year, but none was forthcoming; it wasn’t until June that the sheriff’s office laid out a $13 million proposal.

“If the sheriff believes that SROs are what we need to do in the school system for the safety of our children, let’s have that conversation, but if it is or if it was for a talking point for a campaign, that is not appropriate and should never happen,” Randall said. “So at some point, we will hear from the sheriff, and we’ll find out if that’s something that he believes should happen, or if that ended with the campaign yesterday.”

She also said the county board would be less reticent to get involved in some state and federal issues.

“I know that there are federal issues and state issues, but I am of the belief that almost every federal issue, and almost every state issue, can impact local politics,” Randall said.

Among the new faces at the press conference: supervisor-elect Juli E. Briskman, who first made headlines two years ago when a photo of her flipping off President Donald J. Trump’s motorcade from her bike went viral, and she was subsequently fired from her job at a federal contractor. With Tuesday’s victory, she unseated second-term supervisors Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) and in January will supervise the district containing the Trump National Golf Club along on the Potomac River.

“It was actually two years ago today that the story went viral that I had actually been fired from my job for expressing my opinion about this administration, and yesterday and last night, Algonkian District backed me up on that, and all of Loudoun County rejected soundly the entire Trump agenda,” Briskman said.

The only Republican to take part in the Wednesday morning forum was Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), who on Tuesday won a third term on the board by the largest margin of victory of any local Republican. He said he came “out of respect for the chair and my new colleagues, in the spirit of bipartisanship and cooperation.”

“The campaign that I ran, and the issues that I ran on, were not partisan issues,” Letourneau said. “Traffic’s not a partisan issue. Development’s not a partisan issue. All of the things that we deal with at the board, really, and I think that’s what’s made being in local government so enjoyable, particularly in a time when the national dialogue is, honestly, for me, not very enjoyable.”

And he said is not very concerned about the new board.

“Everybody who runs for this local office, if they were running for any reason other than the fact that they want to work on local issues and improve the community, they’re going to find out right away that this is not the place to be,” Letourneau said. “Because when you’re sitting in a six-hour meeting dealing with a zoning ordinance, all of those big, national, partisan issues that people fight about are the furthest things from your mind.”

rgreene@loudounnow.com

25 thoughts on “Randall Pushes Police Department Again at Post Election Press Conference

    • 2019-11-06 at 8:43 pm
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      You would seriously have to be almost retarded to favor a police department over a sheriffs department. The Sheriff is literally the chief executive of the county who is elected by the people, essentially the President of the county. It is blatantly clear why anyone would want a police department.. it’s so the chief is appointed and not elected, period. You people are so corrupt it’s insane. Go back to whatever he’ll hole you come from and leave the rest of us that have been here for over 30 years and generations before that alone.

      • 2019-11-07 at 10:29 am
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        “seriously retarded” doesn’t begin to describe the belief that the sheriff is the “President of the county.” What kind of boot-licker thinks that elected law enforcement management is what runs the county? Ever hear of the Board of Supervisors? SMH. Some people dream of having the jack boot of ‘Murica squarely on their throats, apparently.

      • 2019-11-07 at 12:00 pm
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        Yes, everyone in Virginia and the rest of USA with a police force is “retarded.” Glad to see the anti police crowd shows such nice sensitivity toward those with mental health concerns.

  • 2019-11-06 at 2:34 pm
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    Loudoun Independent – be careful what you wish for. A Sheriff’s department is funded mostly by state tax dollars, a police department would be funded by County Tax Dollars. If we have a police department our taxes will have to increase to fund this.

    • 2019-11-06 at 8:44 pm
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      Yep. They want to raise taxes on us right out of the gate.. imagine that. Pathetic.

  • 2019-11-06 at 3:01 pm
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    “Randall pointed out that in other large counties, the sheriff’s office only supervises the courts and jail, and said law enforcement should never be political….” says the politician wanting to take political control of The People’s law enforcement choice by disfranchisement.

    Don’t be deceived. This is a power grab. Folks like Randall despise The People having control. Any decision should be put to a vote of The People.

    • 2019-11-06 at 6:51 pm
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      Randall is a political hack. She cares more about Democrat ideology than the citizens. This is redundancy at its finest. If a Democrat was elected Sheriff she would not propose this waste if money and effort….her motives are so transparent that even a low IQ person could see this. And, her proposal would mean a TAX INCREASE! Of course, that’s what Democrats always do. What is amazing is Randall thinks Loudoun citizens are stupid. Her arrogance and ignorance is on full display. Shame on the duped people who voted for a big government, tax & spend liberal…haters, these are undeniable facts.

      • 2019-11-07 at 12:02 pm
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        The good people of Loudoun certainly are not stupid. They are SMART enough to elect Randall as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

      • 2019-11-15 at 2:04 pm
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        Mustang- perhaps you’re the ‘political hack’, or maybe you’re just a one trick pony, incapable of learning more?

        You see, the Democratic candidate for Sheriff LITERALLY RAN ON THE PLATFORM OF TRANSITIONING TO A COUNTY POLICE FORCE.

        The thing is, the reason mustangs are so plentiful on the western range is because generally they’re not worth putting the effort into to make them useful horses. I suspect the same is true here.

    • 2019-11-07 at 9:40 am
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      Any change would by law have to be approved by the voters and Randall’s full statement, which wasn’t quoted here, reflected this fact.

  • 2019-11-06 at 3:41 pm
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    I would like to hear how having a police force who’s head is appointed by the board of supervisors (and reports to them) would be less political than directly elected by the people. They may not campaign but don’t kid yourself they will be political. Would Chairwoman Randall be calling for a police force if the Democrat candidate for sheriff had won? I think not.

    I do agree that if they want to do this then they should put it on the ballot for the voters to make the final call.

    • 2019-11-07 at 9:38 am
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      The Democrat candidate for sheriff ran on a platform which included moving most of the sheriff department responsibilities to a police department. Replacing the sheriff’s office with a police department would by law require the change to appear on the ballet and be voted on by the people. If Randall’s full statement had been quoted you would see it includes placing the issue on the ballot.

  • 2019-11-06 at 5:04 pm
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    I have mentioned this before, but look up the article on “Why There are So Many Bad Sheriffs” by Alan Greenblatt. The author makes many good points that can be used to support a Police Department. It is next to impossible to get rid of a bad sheriff and due to voter apathy, they aren’t truly representative of the citizens. Also, Chapman runs the office like a personal fiefdom and aligns himself with some very shady characters who do his dirty work. It will soon come out about the extent of his meddling in the Purcellville Police scandal, which will underscore just how vicious, unethical, and downright criminal his behavior is. Many of the other Republican candidates for office dislike and/or fear him, but closed ranks so as to not “air our dirty laundry” and give the democrats any ammo. Chapman would not be able to violate the civil rights of his deputies with impunity if we went to a PD. Most of them are terrified about losing their job (That was Chapman’s plan) every 4 years.

    • 2019-11-08 at 12:04 pm
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      I’m going to check out that article, thank you. And lacking anyone else to pose these questions to, do you think that, were a police force enacted, the amount of traffic enforcement would go up? In my limited personal experience I’ve noticed that county police are only behind local police in the number of traffic tickets they write. I can only guess that this is due to the more limited budget putting pressure on the force to raise funding elsewhere, e.g. the citizenry. Never mind the cost of equipping a police force from scratch (they could reuse some gear, but let’s be honest, they wont).
      Is it possible to amend the rules to change the office of Sheriff to be more responsible to the people, not directly elected, or requiring that they be promoted from the force that they will supervise? Thank you!

  • 2019-11-06 at 5:14 pm
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    I worked for a municipal police department and also interacted with the local Sheriffs department when I lived in Arizona some years ago. Professional police chiefs are hired through a search committee based upon interviews and credentials much like any other business executive. This is very different than an elected Sheriff who sometimes panders for donations and support.

  • 2019-11-07 at 9:51 am
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    I don’t see how a new country police would help. How about a Sterling Police since that area of the county makes up most of the police services?

  • 2019-11-07 at 9:57 am
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    I actually feel chair Randall has the right idea to free law enforcement from politics and enable the Board of Supervisors to have some say over where money can be spent. The only reason this was not done under the last two boards was because they were GOP-controlled and Mike Chapman is doing a great job! However, the timing of Randall’s statement just a day after the Democratic challenger to Chapman lost makes me wonder. Does she want to create a police dept so Loudoun’s Board can stipulate the police not cooperate with ICE just as it the Board of Supervisors did in Fairfax County? Remember that Fairfax police officer who was suspended last month for reporting to ICE a suspect’s lack of documentation. So, whatever cooperation Chapman is doing with ICE will be lost and with Biberaj as Commonwealth’s Attorney, Loudoun will be the Essex County (Newark) NJ of Virginia — but thats just fine with liberals, isn’t it?

  • 2019-11-07 at 10:20 am
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    I think this should be JOB ONE on DAY ONE. The sheriff stands accused of corruption for good reason — it is true. Great deputies who have served this county well have been fired or demoted or transferred for exercising their American right to support the candidate of their choice. He does this because he can. Well, let’s change that.

  • 2019-11-07 at 3:35 pm
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    What sort of ‘activist’ wants to strip Loudoun voters of electoral power?

    Randall and other extreme left democrats are far more concerned with the well-being of Nabra Hassanen and Danny Miranda’s killers, than they are with our son’s and daughters.

    This is all about turning Loudoun into one big fat sanctuary county, while Loudoun taxpayers pay for everything and are intimidated into silence. It’s a power grab by people who do not have our best interests in mind. Resist any politician who demands The People hand power over to them.

  • 2019-11-07 at 7:29 pm
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    Open your eyes people, they are pushing a democratic (Political) agenda. By appointing a Police Chief it is political, they will do what the party controlling the BOS wants to keep their job. Also, where does the money come from? Higher taxes that’s where. This is a horrible politically motivated plan. I am not a fan of Chapman however at least the people have a say in how crime is fought in Loudoun.

  • 2019-11-09 at 11:21 am
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    This is a political power play by Randall and the new Dem majority. They want a police chief who dances to their tune, not a Sheriff who is independent and answers directly to the voters.

    As noted by other’s here, this is a standard Democrat party talking point. They want the police under their control. It makes it easier to impose gun control and violate federal immigration law. Today, the Sheriff’s Office is our last line of defense against those kinds of subversive actions here in Loudoun.

  • 2019-11-09 at 5:41 pm
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    Randall is lying to the people yet again. Huge surprise there. Her entire purpose for creating a police department is to insure she has it under her political control.

    I prefer my law enforcement to be directly answerable to the people.

    She must really think Loudoun County residents are stupid.

    • 2019-11-12 at 4:34 pm
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      “She must really think Loudoun County residents are stupid.”

      What in the recent election results say they aren’t?

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