The chief deputy in the King George Sheriff’s Office and a Virginia State Police special agent who’s served five years on the county School Board are running for sheriff of King George County.

Chris Giles, 55, has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 27 years and rose through the ranks to his position as chief deputy. He’s being endorsed by Sheriff Steve Dempsey, who is retiring in December after almost 40 years in office.

“Giles knows the responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office and will continue the legacy we have worked hard to build for the citizens of King George County,” Dempsey said in a statement.

Terence “T.C.” Collins, 58, also has risen through the ranks of law enforcement. He recently left his position with the Virginia State Police to pursue the King George Sheriff’s job, but worked for the state police for 25 years, advancing from a trooper to a special agent assigned to criminal investigations in Richmond.

Collins also has served on the King George School Board since January 2014. There were no candidates on the ballot for the James Monroe seat the previous November, so he mounted a brief write-in campaign to win the seat.

Collins was a correctional officer and deputy in Goochland County before he became a state policeman. He spent 12 years in the military before joining law enforcement.

Giles followed a similar path. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and spent eight years as a military police officer. After his honorable discharge, he joined the Town of Bowling Green , then was hired in 1992 by former Sheriff “Moose” Dobson.

Both men have worked in various capacities in their law-enforcement jobs. Giles said he has dealt with criminal investigations, traffic enforcement and courtroom security. He’s a graduate of the FBI National Academy, DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy and a school for front-line supervisors. He’s also a trained hostage negotiator.

Collins said he’s led large-scale investigations throughout the state, “solved every type of crime and devoted myself to justice for victims.” If elected, he would crack down on the drug epidemic, combat computer crimes, scams and cyber bullying, reduce response times, promote safe highways, protect schools and manage financial resources.

Giles would like to establish a better working relationship between the community and the Sheriff’s Office and work with the school system to develop a program “to help the younger community respect themselves, which in turn will help them respect others,” he said. He’d also like to work with technology to pinpoint areas that need more law-enforcement attention.

Giles and his wife, Vera, have three children.

Collins and his wife, Jennifer, a school administrator, also have three children.

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