History Made at Albemarle Sheriff's Office

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History has been made at the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Chip Harding announced several officers have been promoted, including Deputy Chanses Gianniny. Gianniny is now a sergeant, and the first woman to hold a supervisor's rank in the department’s 264 year history.

The sheriff says Gianniny is a well-respected and hard-working member of the department and that's part of the reason she's moving up in the ranks.

Sheriff Harding said, “I’ve tasked her with a lot of things and she always does A plus work. You don't always get that - sometimes only get pieces of the puzzle, not the whole thing, she brings the whole package.”

Gianniny said, “I try to be a role model for everybody not just little girls, but boys too. I got into this field based on someone who was my role model and I’d like to instill that in someone else.”

This is not the first time Gianniny has made local law enforcement history. She was the first female deputy for the Madison County Sheriff's Office back in 1997.

Other promotions announced Monday include Deputy Thomas layman who was promoted to the rank of sergeant as well, and Sergeant Robert Shiflett who is now a captain.

Reported by: NBC29 News


Press Release

Albemarle Sheriff Harding Announces Promotions

The Albemarle County Sheriff's Office is one of the oldest in the United States dating back to 1745. Sheriff Chip Harding has promoted the first female to a supervisory position in 264 year history of the Office.

The Albemarle County Sheriff's Office is made up of 18 full time and 3 part time sworn officers. In addition there are 45 sworn volunteer Reserve deputies. Sheriff Chip Harding recently concluded a promotional process that resulted in the three deputies below assuming new titles and responsibilities.

Robert A. "Bobby" Shiflett II   age 38

Bobby Shiflett was promoted from the rank of Sergeant to Captain. This position is second in command and assumes command of the office when the Sheriff is out of town. Bobby has been with the department for over 10 years. The past three years he served as a Sergeant. Bobby has an Associates Degree in Applied Science with a major in Police Science from P.V.C.C. He graduated from Albemarle High School in 1990 and was drafted into the Kansas City Royal Baseball organization. He played for them for three years before returning to Albemarle to presue his law enforcement career.

Thomas D. "TD" Layman, age 39

"T.D." Layman was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. T.D. has been with the department for over 9 years. He came to this Office after serving 8 years as an officer with the U.V.A. Police Department. He has served the past three years as a Corporal. T.D. has an Associate in Science Degree with a major in Business Administration from P.V.C.C.

Chanses R. "Chan" Gianniny, age 39

"Chan" Gianniny was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. She has been with the department for over three years. She has an Associate Degree in Police Science and a Bachelor Degree from James Madison University in Business Administration.  Chan had served as a police Sergeant in Scottsville for 5 years and a Deputy Sheriff in Madison County for 2 years (Madison's 1st female deputy, 1997) before joining this Office.. "Chan" Gianniny is the first female to be promoted to a supervisory position in  264 year old history of the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office.