Sheriff Mark A. Marshall

Mark A. Marshall has been in state and local law enforcement for twenty-seven years. He started his career with the Virginia Marine Police and eventually went to Smithfield Police Department where he served in a variety of capacities. He was appointed Police Chief in 1992 and led the department over the next 18 years in innovative programs to include accreditation. At the time it was one of the smallest departments to achieve that distinction. In November, 2011 he was elected as Sheriff of Isle of Wight County and assumed office January 1, 2012.    

He is currently the Chairman for the LINx (Law Enforcement Data Exchange) statewide information-sharing project. This initiative includes the sharing of data between local, state and federal agencies and in 2005 won the International Association of Chiefs’ of Police (IACP) award for Excellence in Technology.  

He was elected as a Vice-President (2006) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and finished his term as the 96th President of the IACP in October 2011..  

He sits on a variety of committees and commissions with an emphasis on technology, governance, and policy impact. He is a senior policy advisor to the FBI and Department of Justice. Chief Marshall is the past president of the Hampton Road’s Chief’s Association.   

His education includes a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (196th session) and the Police Executive Leadership program through the University of Richmond and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation. He has authored numerous published articles and regularly conducts seminars and presentations at national and international venues. He married his high-school sweet-heart, Deborah and has retained that position for 35 years. He has two children, Joshua 27 and Rachel 25. All are proud to call Isle of Wight home.



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