Blake Andis announces bid for sheriff of Washington County, Va.


Just days after the current sheriff of Washington County, Virginia announced he will not seek another term, a former challenger and employee has announced he is applying for the job.

Friday, Blake Andis announced his bid for sheriff of Washington County, Virginia.

Andis is currently the police chief at Virginia Highlands Community College. 

This isn’t his first time running for sheriff. Andis narrowly lost to his former boss and current sheriff Fred Newman back in 2015. 

Newman announced on New Year’s Eve he will not seek a sixth term as the county’s sheriff. 

Andis began his law enforcement career by joining the Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office in 1989. He spent 23 years with the department and worked under five sheriffs. He was named Chief Deputy before leaving the agency in 2012 to become top cop at Virginia Highlands. 

“If elected, I want to build trust and communication between law enforcement and communities,” Andis said in a statement. “I would like to develop a Citizen Advisory Board to cultivate a proactive approach to crime prevention within our communities, schools, businesses, and houses of worship. I also want to provide specialized training to all school employees especially teachers and bus drivers on how to respond and handle emergency situations”.

Andis says he wants to increase efforts to combat the region’s drug problem and crack down on scams that target the elderly. He also says he wants to increase the number of deputies on patrol throughout the county. 

The election will take place Tuesday, November 5. 

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