HISTORY

PAGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

1. Daniel Stover  1831 – 1832
2. Daniel Strickler 1833 – 1834
3. Abraham Strickler 1835
4. Joseph Strickler 1836 – 1840
5. Jacob Stole 1841
6. Daniel Blosser 1842
7. Jacob C. Hite 1843
8. Abraham Spitler 1845
9. George Price 1846
10. Peter Price  1849 – 1851

11.  Jacob Brubaker  1851 – 1852
12. Benjamin F. Grayson 1853 – 1860
13. James Moddesitt 1860 – 1861
14. Benjamin Grayson 1861 – 1864
15. James C. Robertson 1865 – 1870
16. William Campbell 1870 – 1880
17. J. M. Price 1885 – 1888
18. John Chapman 1888 – 1892
19. William Rosser 1892 – 1904
20. Nathan T. Sedwick  1904 – 1920

You can scroll through the timeline from the earliest to the current Sheriff, or you can click on any sheriff who’s name is highlighted in BLUE above, and you will be taken to that point in the timeline.  If you see [Pop-up] in a timeline, you can click it to see a larger image of the photo.  There is no information about the first 19 sheriffs.  If you have any photos or information related to those early sheriffs, please contact the sheriff’s office at (540) 743-6571.

1831 - 1904

Page County Established in 1831

Page County Established in 1831

The Virginia General Assembly established Page County on March 30, 1831.  Back then, small communities consisted of a store, church, school, flour mill, post office, blacksmith shop, the Shenandoah Railroad, and of course, the local Sheriff’s Office.  That same year, Daniel Stover was elected as Page County’s first Sheriff.  Pictured above is a photo of Luray taken in 1883, with the railroad seen prominently in the foreground.  Photo credit: Warren and Penny Smith Collection, pictured in Images of America, Luray and Page County by Dan Vaughn.  [Pop-up]

1834

Page County Courthouse Established 1834

Page County Courthouse Established 1834

A Roman Revival-style courthouse, the Page County Courthouse was completed on December 23, 1833 at a cost of $6,000.  The building was designed and built by two of Thomas Jefferson’s master builders, Malcolm F. Crawford, carpenter, and William P. Phillips. mason.  For safekeeping, court records were stored in a cave outside Luray during the Civil War.  The courthouse was occupied by both armies.  Photo is estimated to have been taken in the early 1960s. 

1904 - 1920

Nathan Sedwick

Nathan Tazewell Sedwick and his wife, Mary Frances Keyser Sedwick, are pictured here in this photo, circa 1890.  They were the parents of nine children.  Nathan served as sheriff of Page County from 1904 to 1920.

 

Three Sedwick brothers married three Keyser sisters.  The Sedwick/Keyser family reunion has been held in Page County for more than 60 years.  This photograph was submitted for publication by Dr. Richard Sedwick of Harrisonburg, Nathan’s great-grandson.

November 14, 1907

Sedwick Wins Re-election

Sedwick Wins Re-election

The front page of The Page Courier, dated November 14, 1907, shows Nathan Sedwick winning his election for Sheriff of Page County (4th column from left).  Note the price for a subscription to the newspaper is $1 per year. 

1920 -1936

Edwin L. Lucas

Edwin L. Lucas

Edwin L. Lucas served as Sheriff of Page County from 1920 through 1936.  Included here are an article detailing a gun battle with Lucas and other local police, as well as a forced removal of two Page County residents from within Shenandoah National Park.  At the time, ~500 Page County residents were forced to move from what was now Shenandoah National Park.

1920 - 1936(no date on article)

Lucas Involved in Gun Battle

Lucas Involved in Gun Battle

[Summarized] Rockingham and Page County Officers received a tip that Alger was hiding in a house in Jollet Hollow.  A posse was formed around the house at 2am.  Shortly before daybreak, Alger and a companion left the house.  Lucas yelled for the men to stop.  The companion fired buckshot at Lucas, missing him.  “Alger then began to run,” said Deputy Lucas.  “As he passed up the hill along the road, the other officers leaped from the bushes and he was called upon to halt.  He answered by firing at the officers.  He fired his pistol four times.  The fire was returned, three bullets hitting him, stopping his flight.”  Alger, escaped convict from a Nelson County road camp, was reported this morning to be in a critical condition at Rockingham Memorial Hospital with chances against recovery.  Alger is suffering from bullet wounds in his back, his leg and his stomach.

circa 1930

Lucas Forcefully Removes Residents

Lucas Forcefully Removes Residents

Shenandoah Park supporters are near their goal of acquiring a contiguous tract of land but are frustrated by landowners who won’t sell and squatters who refuse to move.  Virginia Governor Harry Byrd and Virginia State Commission on Conservation and Development chairman William Carson persuade the state legislature to pass the Public Park Condemnation Act, granting eminent domain to purchase all land at fair market agricultural value.  In the picture above, Melanchton Cliser and his wife (sitting on the porch) are being removed by Sheriff E.L. Lucas (left) and Deputy Claude Shaver from the newly designated Shenandoah National Park.

1936 - 1944

John WM. Ruffner

John WM. Ruffner

Born April 1, 1874, died August 15, 1958, Ruffner wins election to become Page County’s 22nd Sheriff on November 5, 1935.  Pictured above is downtown Luray at the corner of East Main Street and Highway 340.  Photo was taken in the early 1940s.  The coffee shop on the right is now being renovated into a new restaurant, the Watch and Warrant (2022).  Photo credit: Ann Vaughn Collection, pictured in Images of America, Luray and Page County, Dan Vaughn. 

1944 - 1964

J. Abram “Abe” Brubacker

J. Abram “Abe” Brubacker

“Sheriff John William Ruffner was defeated by J. Abram Brubacker, Republican of the Massanutten section, by a plurality of 825 votes.  Former Sheriff Ed L. Lucas trailed Ruffner by 72 votes.”

 

Abe Brubaker is the longest running Sheriff of Page County with 20 years as Sheriff.

circa 1960

Moonshine Still Confiscated

Moonshine Still Confiscated

Deputy Aldine Painter confiscating a moonshine still in Jollett / Weaver Hollow. 

1964 - 1968

P. Clark Long

P. Clark Long

P. Clark Long, a Republican, was elected to sheriff on November 5, 1963.  Pictured above are, back row: Wayne Strickler, Aldine Painter, A. Lee Huffman, Lee Breeden.  Front row: Sheriff P. Clark Long, Claude Smith, Ralph Bradley, Wes Campbell.  Clark was born April 19, 1917 and died June 12, 1991.

September 1967

Jail Built in 1967

Jail Built in 1967

This was a proposed drawing for the new Page County Jail, approved in 1967 by the Board of Supervisors.  The jail would be two stories plus a basement.  The basement will include offices for he Sheriff and Deputy and a reception room.  The first floor will house will house 12 security and 2 isolation cells, a male clean-up room, a holding cell, kitchen laundry, visiting area and jailors office.  The top floor will contain 12 more security cells, two more isolation cells, matron’s office and a three bedroom apartment for the jailor.  Estimated cost of the new jail is $280,000.

November 7, 1967

Clark’s Re-Election in 1967

Clark’s Re-Election in 1967

During his re-election campaign in 1967, Sheriff Long published a rebuke in the local paper to his opponent, Kenneth Kerkhoff’s recent rally in Luray, where Kerkhoff promised to furnish the Page County Sheriff’s Office with newly painted vehicles, new uniforms and training for all officers.  His rebuke was an appeal to Page County taxpayers, asking them if they wanted to pay for all of these new things with taxpayer money and “what does [his opponent] intend to do for policing the county while these men are being trained?”  Long lost his re-election to Kerkhoff.

1968 - 1976

Kenneth “Kenny” Kerkhoff

Kenneth “Kenny” Kerkhoff

“A 25 year Republican hold on Page County offices was broken Tuesday of this week when Democrat Kenneth E. Kerkhoff , a former state trooper, was elected to the office of Sheriff.  Kerkhoff had pledged to give his full time to the office and train his deputies in law enforcement practices.  The result of the balloting was Kerkhoff, 3,800 to 3,556 for GOP incumbent Clark Long for a victory margin of 244.”  November 1968, The Page Courier News. 

1976 -1984

Ray Dodson

Ray Dodson

Ray Dodson was elected as the 26th Sheriff of Page County and served from 1976 through 1984.  Pictured above are, back row: Phil Mims, Jay Jenkins, Larry Bailey, Lou Rouston, Nelson Powel, Bryan Morris, Tony Thurston.  Front row: Warren Pence, Norris Richards, Sheriff Ray Dodson, Julian Bell.

March 18, 1982

State Trooper Injured in Shootout

State Trooper Injured in Shootout

A convicted murderer has been charged with the wounding and attempted murder of State Trooper on Monday night in Stanley.  Police arrested Wilmer Sylvester Lucas at his home after a shootout which left state trooper John B. Thomas injured and three police cruisers damaged.  The investigators say the shootout began when Thomas went to the Stanley home to investigate a hit and run accident.  Lucas previously served a prison term for murdering his wife, using a 12 gauge shotgun.  He served seven years of a 20 year sentence.  Lucas also shot Trooper Thomas with a 12 gauge shotgun, hitting his face and shoulder, damaging his left eye.  At the time of this article, there was no update on the condition of his eye.  Police stated Lucas fired at Thomas and others apparently because he was afraid of going back to prison. 

 

John B. Thomas would be elected Page County Sheriff in 2009.

1984 - 2000

Edward “Pap” Sedwick

Edward “Pap” Sedwick

The top photos are Sheriff Edward M. “Pap” Sedwick on the left and Chief Deputy, Captain Philip Mims.

 

The group photo is as follows, Front Row: Sgt. Keith Jenkins, CO; Mary Boyle, Secretary; Capt. Charles Robbins, Chief Jailor; Sheriff Edward M. Sedwick; Capt. Philip Mims, Chief Deputy; Bob F. Daugherty, DS; Second Row: Christi Bosley, Disp;Joyce Wood, Disp; W. C. Maddox, CO; Jerry W. Baker, DS; Sgt. John M. Atwood, DS; Sgt. Michael w. Stanley, Inv; Lt. L. J. Jenkins, Chief Inv; Third Row: Mary Ann Arrington, Disp; Rita Hawkins, Disp; Bevery Breeden, CO; Lt. T. Nelson, Powell, DS; Fourth Row: James Moomaw, CO; Sgt. Thomas Rothgeb, CO; Richard Pullen, CO; Ron Frady, DS; O. R. “Ricky” Lam, CS; C. N. Cavey, DS; Issac Good, DS.  Missing: Sgt. Mary Johnson, Disp; Claudine, Majors, Cook; S. Marie Pence, Disp; Norris Richards, DS; and Anthony Thurston, CO.

June 14, 1986

Fracus Broke out June 14, 1986

Fracus Broke out June 14, 1986

Sheriff’s deputies arrested several persons after a fracus broke out on June 14 on Al Good Drive near Stanley involving the use of guns, baseball bats, and other lethal objects.  (Nothing further is included with the article.)

Circa 1986

Escorting Murderer Donald Collier

Escorting Murderer Donald Collier

Pictured from Left to Right: Deputy Charlie Rose, Sgt. Larry Housden, Deputy Steve Rodgers.  Escorting murderer Donald Collier (Convicted of killing his wife).

Circa 1987 - 1988

Certificate of Appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation

Picture was taken when Gov. Baillie was in office.  He gave the Page County Sheriff’s Office a Certificate of Appreciation.  Picture taken around 1987 or 1988, under a large tree in the Mimslyn lot.

 

Kneeling down Left to Right: Earl Embery, Todd Painter, Ikey Good, Ronnie Frady.  Ladies in the Middle: Marie Pence, Christie Bosley.  Standing Left to Right: John Atwood, Dickie Pullen, Sheriff Pap Sedwick, Mary Boyle, Gene Stewart, James Moomaw, Charlie Cavey, Tommy Rothget, Gov. Baillie, Nelson Powell, Bob Daugherty, Captain Philip Mims, Donald Breeden, Jerry Baker, and Chuck Robbins.

Circa 1996 - 1997

Emergency Response Team

Emergency Response Team

Left side, left to right: Emmitt Brooks, Page Blosser, Yildis Cubbage, Sheriff Pap Sedwick, Joey Burner.  Right side, back row: Mike Atkins, Chad Cubbage, Farron Sly, Gene Stewart.  Front row: Timmy Foster, Jim Reamey, and Scott Morris.

2000 - 2009

Daniel W. Presgraves

Daniel W. Presgraves

Officers from left to right – First Row: Corporal Bud Jenkins, Sergeant James Moomaw, Sergaent Jason Pettit, Major Russell Montgomery, Sheriff Daniel Presgraves, Lieutenant Philip Mims, Sergaent Bob Dougherty, and Corporal Jim Reamey.  Second Row: Bridgett Gochenour, John Brown, Lieutenant Investigator Jay Jenkins, Investigator Bow Cook, Investigator Tom Mitchell, Investigator Becky Hilliard, Rusty McCoy and Paul Davis.  Third Row: Jeremy Keyser, Scott Morris, Elvena Price, Aaron Good, James Morris, Chad Cubbage, Earl Embrey, and Jason Pettit.

2004

Chad Cubbage

Chad Cubbage

Officer Chad Cubbage served in the Shenandoah Police Department in 2004 before moving to the Page County Sheriff’s Office where he was elected to Sheriff in 2015. 

2009 - 2016

John Thomas

John Thomas

Sheriff Thomas’s career has spanned forty years with twenty-six in the Virginia State Police (1976 to 2002), where he retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the Culpeper Field Office of the VSP’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  Starting in 2002, he spent two years as a part-time investigator for the Page County Sheriff’s Office.  Upon leaving the Sheriff’s Office in 2004, he was the pastor of a small church and subsequently took the job as associate pastor for a 350-member church in Page County. God called him from this position to the appointment by the Circuit Court as acting Sheriff of Page County in May of 2009. Six months later, the voters elected him to a full term, and he served as Page County’s sheriff until 2016.

2016 - Present

Chad Cubbage

Chad Cubbage

Chad Cubbage was elected Sheriff of Page County in 2015 and has been serving the citizens of Page County as Sheriff since 2016.  The Sheriff is up for re-election in 2023.

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