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.