Hello, I am Todd Wessells and it is my privilege to serve as Sheriff for the citizens of Accomack County. I was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1988. Prior to beginning my law enforcement career, I was enlisted in the United States Marines Corps and held the rank of sergeant upon being honorably discharged in 1993. I then joined the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office being assigned in the Corrections Division and transferred to the Patrol Division a year later. In 1998, I was promoted to Investigator assigned with the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force. Shortly thereafter, I was promoted to Sergeant in the Patrol Division, responsible for the day-to-day operations. In January 2008, I was promoted as Lieutenant of Patrol and in November 2009, Lieutenant of Operations. On August 1, 2011, I was promoted to the position of Captain and was responsible for supervising the day to day activities of Corrections, Investigations, Patrol, K-9, Animal Control, Eastern Shore Animal Control Facility, Civil Process, Court Services, School Resource Deputies, Communications, and Dare. I received my basic law enforcement training at the Hampton Roads Regional Academy of Criminal Justice. I have also received the following training, including Entry Level Jailor, Courthouse and Courtroom Security Officer Training, DCJS General Instructor, DCJS Firearms Instructor, Smith & Wesson Sigma Armorers Course, Smith & Wesson Pistol Armorers Course, Domestic Drug Interdiction Course, DCJS Basic Drug Investigation Course, DEA Advanced Drug Investigator Seminar, Maryland State Police Criminal Patrol Seminar, FBI National Academy and Virginia State Police First Line Supervisors School, Blackwater Training Center High Risk Warrant/Hostage Rescue Tactics, Blackwater Training Center Bushmaster Carbine Instructor, FBI Department of Justice Law Enforcement Officers Killed/Assaulted, Virginia Institute of Government Setting Priorities & Time management, Taser Electronic Device Training, Commonwealth of Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Project Lifesaver Electronic Search Specialist & Instructor, DCJS Visual Tracking for Law Enforcement, Revive Law Enforcement Officer Trainer, and Domestic Terrorism.
I currently reside in Painter, Virginia with my wife, Shannon, owner of Shore Administrative Services, LLC, and our two sons, Dustin, who is a medical student at University of Virginia and Trevor, who is a Marine Police Officer with the Virginia Marine Resource Commission.
The Accomack County Sheriff's Office consists of 75 sworn and non-sworn personnel. I am a member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia 911 Commission and a member of the Eastern Shore Regional Jail board.