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Arlington County Sheriff

The Arlington County Sheriff is an elected official independent from local government, who serves a four-year term. The Sheriff's Office manages the county detention facility, oversees courthouse/courtroom security, and serves summonses and court orders, among other duties. Visit for more information.

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    Beth Arthur

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Beth Arthur began her career in the Arlington County Sheriff's Office in January 1986 as the Budget and Human Resources Analyst. She was promoted to Director of Administration in January 1988, a position she held until her judiciary appointment as Sheriff in July 2000. In November, 2000 Beth was elected Sheriff in a special election and was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011 an 2015. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In addition to serving as Sheriff Beth, is a member of multiple national, state and local organization and serves on the following Boards: American Correctional Association (ACA)/Board of Governors/Executive Committee; Virginia Sheriffs' Association (VSA)/Board of Directors​ (Past President (2012- 2013)); Arlington Leadership Center for Excellence (formerly Leadership Arlington) - Class 2001/Board of Regents​ (Past President (2011-2012)); NAACP Arlington; Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance.
The responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office include: commanding a staff of 280, managing an average daily inmate population of 470, administering the security of the Arlington Courthouse, and overseeing a $44,000,000 budget. The Sheriff is responsible for the operation of the Detention Facility, transportation of inmates, service of all court-issued processes and criminal warrants, the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP), the Pre-Trial Services Program as well as providing administrative support to all areas of the Office.
Together, with the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Beth Arthur’s top priority is the safe and secure operation of the Arlington County detention facility and Courthouse. By ensuring a competitive salary and benefits, the Sheriff’s Office can hire and train top notch staff to ensure the safety, security and integrity of the detention facility and courthouse.

In addition, Sheriff Arthur will continue to provide a variety of programs that ensure offenders successfully re-enter back into their community as productive citizens. Examples of programs include: General Equivalency Diploma (GED) , IN2Work (food service training), substance abuse, life skills and Community Readiness Unit (CRU). Returning productive citizens to our communities will ensure a safe and secure community as well.