Chief Deputy - Major John P. Baker




Major Baker began his law enforcement career as a Security Police Officer in the United States Air Force.  Major Baker spent his USAF enlistment assigned at Vandenberg Air Force Base, under the Strategic Air Command, in California.  Upon an honorable discharge, Major Baker entered civilian law enforcement in 1993 with the Town of Luray.  While with the Luray Police Department, he performed duties as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, and with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force as a narcotics investigator.

Major Baker was hired by the James Madison University Police Department as a patrol officer in March of 2006.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September of 2006 and assigned as a primary patrol supervisor, responsible for the supervision of six patrol officers.  In September 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as Patrol Commander, responsible for the supervision and administration of the entire patrol staff.  In November 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned as the Deputy Chief of Operations for the James Madison University Police Department.

During his employment with the James Madison University Police Department, Major Baker worked to enhance relationships with University partners and local law enforcement agencies.  As the Patrol Commander, he worked with members of the Harrisonburg Police Department to implement and supervise the Joint Patrol Taskforce and to establish protocol for the city-wide jurisdiction agreement.  Major Baker also served as a member of the University Case Management Team and an alternate on the University Behavioral Assessment Team.

n November 2015, Major Baker was approached by Sheriff-elect Cubbage and asked to serve as Chief Deputy for the Page County Sheriff's Office.  Major Baker accepted the offer with the intention of assisting Sheriff Cubbage in providing a quality work environment for the Sheriff's Office employees, while continuing to provide professional and courteous law enforcement service to the citizens of Page County.  Major Baker returned to Page County to serve the family members, friends, and community that he has called home.  He continues to live in Page County with his wife and two children.

Please call the Page County Sheriff's Office at 540-743-6571 to speak to the Major or schedule an appointment. 

Office hours:  Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.