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NN Sheriff runs for re-election

Jordan Crawford | 10/3/2013, 12:23 p.m.

Behind every good city is a good city government. Sheriff Gabriel Morgan is aiming to pen this Newport News as he is running for re-election.

In 2005, Morgan became the first African American elected Sheriff in Newport News.

Throughout his tenure in office, Sheriff Gabe Morgan has focused his efforts on helping prisoners re-enter society and reducing overcrowding at the Newport News City Jail, which the Sheriff's office oversees.

Morgan is responsible for a budget, which exceeds 15 million dollars and a staff that exceeds 220 that provides a myriad of functions; including the custody, and care of more than 500 prisoners daily, the protection of our Courts and Judges, the service of court documents, and the enforcement of the laws of the Commonwealth. Morgan is the Executive Officer of the Courts.

Since taking office, Sheriff Morgan immediately instituted significant policy changes supporting his guiding principles: justice for all, service to others, and an abiding love for his community.

He encourages the public to read his annual reports posted on the web, or in the city libraries.

Morgan serves on a number of boards and commissions throughout the Hampton Roads Area. In 2007, Leroy Hassell, Sr., Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, appointed Morgan to serve on the Commission for Mental Law Reform.

As the sub-committee chair for Emergency and Temporary Detention Orders, Morgan’s leadership led to major changes in the law. Governor Tim Kaine recognized Morgan’s commitment to service, and appointed him to the Inter-agency Civil Admission Advisory Council.

Morgan is a graduate of the University of the State of New York at Albany, the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and the Ninetieth Session of the National Sheriff’s Institute.

Prior to being elected as Sheriff, he served as Special Agent-in-Charge for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Investigative Services. His office was responsible for conducting criminal investigations including identity and vehicle-related frauds, motor vehicle dealer-related crimes, and the evasion of transportation related-taxes.

Sheriff Morgan served his country with over twenty-one years in the U.S. Army. He subsequently earned a commission through Officer Candidate School. Morgan commanded the Area Confinement Facility at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

While in command of the confinement facility, he was credited for instituting vocational programs that employed the inmate population while saving the facility thousands of dollars. He was named the “Best Counter Terrorism Senior Program Manager (1997)” of all five services, by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Low-Intensity Conflict and Terrorism.

He has served in many theaters including the Middle East, Africa, Bosnia, Croatia, Haiti, Korea and Europe. He culminated his career as the Information Systems Security Officer for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command at Ft. Monroe, Virginia.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with four clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with seven clusters. He was also awarded the following Campaign Medals: Humanitarian Service with oak leaf, Southwest Asia, NATO - Yugoslavia Service, Liberation of Kuwait – issued by Kuwait, and Liberation of Kuwait – issued by Saudi Arabia.