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major at deskEffective August 1, 2011, Sheriff Todd E. Godwin promoted Christopher Shane Childress to the position of Chief Deputy with the rank of Major.  Prior to beginning his law enforcement career, Childress was enlisted in the United States Air Force for 8 years.  He began his law enforcement career at the Accomack County Sheriff's Office in 1994 as a Correctional Officer and was later transferred to the Patrol Division in 1995.  He was promoted to Sergeant within that division in 2000.  As a certified law enforcement officer, Childress continued to advance in the department as he was appointed to Lieutenant of Operations in 2008 and Lieutenant of Patrol in 2009.  In 2010, he was promoted to Captain and was responsible for the day-to-day activities of Corrections, Investigations, Patrol, K-9, Animal Control, Eastern Shore Animal Control Facility, Civil Process, Court Services, School Resource, Communications and D.A.R.E.  As Chief Deputy, Childress is second in command and is responsible for managing the operations of all divisions.

man at deskEffective August 1, 2011, Sheriff Todd E. Godwin promoted Walter Todd Wessells to the position of Captain.  Prior to beginning his law enforcement career, Wessells was enlisted in the United States Marines and held the rank of Sergeant upon his discharge in 1993.  Captain Wessells began his law enforcement career at the Accomack County Sheriff's Office in 1993 as a Correctional Officer and transferred to the Patrol Division in 1994.   Captain Wessells was appointed to Lieutenant of Patrol in 2008 and Lieutenant of Operations in 2009.  As Captain, Wessells is third in command and is 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, Communications, and D.A.R.E.

woman at deskEffective November 22, 2010, Karen C. Barrett was promoted to Administrative Supervisor of the Accomack County Sheriff's Office.  Barrett began her law enforcement career at the Accomack County Sheriff's Office in 1992 as a dispatcher and data entry personnel.  She currently has 21 years of service.  Her qualifications include a degree in business management and career-related certifications, along with an extensive amount of experience within the Administration, Corrections, and Communications Divisions leading to her promotion to Administrative Supervisor in 2010.  Ms. Barrett transferred to the Corrections Division in 2000 as technician of the Local Inmate Data System (LIDS) and was later appointed supervisor of LIDS.  She is responsible for 3 consecutive exceptional performance LIDS audit ratings of jail inmate records conducted by the Virginia Compensation Board located in Richmond, Virginia.  Ms. Barrett is a Notary Public for the  Commonwealth of Virginia and she also portrays the role of administrative assistant to the Sheriff of Accomack County.  She is responsible for managing employees, facilitating communication between the Administration Division and office personnel, human resources, ensuring compliance with office policies, internal audit of the local inmate data system, fiscal reporting, accounts payable, and media relations.