Norfolk sheriff seeks ‘fresh start’ via comprehensive audit of office

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Norfolk Sheriff Joseph Baron. (Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office)
Norfolk Sheriff Joseph Baron. (Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

NORFOLK — Norfolk’s new sheriff requested a comprehensive audit of his office on Friday via a letter to the Auditor of Public Accounts.

Sheriff Joseph Baron, who was sworn into office on Feb. 1, asked for the audit, adding that he wants to create a “fresh start” for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office after the agency was run by the same administration for 23 years.

Baron, who was chief deputy, was appointed sheriff following the retirement of former sheriff Bob McCabe, who served in the position for more than two decades. Although McCabe sited personal reasons for his Jan. 31 departure, The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that he is currently the subject of a criminal investigation by the FBI.

Baron will serve as sheriff until the general election on Nov. 7, when he intends to run for the position.

Baron’s audit request includes the following information about the NSO:

  • A comprehensive turnover audit
  • An internal staffing review
  • An internal budget review
  • An internal review of policies and procedures

“In the interest of assurance and openness, I believe there are actions required of me to ensure I get off on the right foot in my role as Sheriff,” Baron wrote in a second letter sent to Norfolk City Council, Mayor Kenneth Alexander and other city leaders.

“The effective, efficient and safe operations of the NSO are of the highest priority to me.”

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