ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia Sheriffs Association on Thursday presented Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) with the 2015 Outstanding Legislative Service Award. The award was presented to Speaker Howell by Stafford County Sheriff Charlie Jett at the 2015 Sheriffs’ Association spring conference.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Sheriffs’ Association and grateful for all that they do as part of Virginia’s law enforcement and public safety community. It’s an even greater privilege to be presented this award by Sheriff Jett, a man whom I respect and admire greatly,” said Speaker Howell. “All across Virginia, sheriffs and their deputies work to keep our neighborhoods and communities safe. In the General Assembly, I have worked to provide them with the tools and resources they need to complete their mission. I am proud of what we’ve been able to do, including this year’s work to fund a pay raise and salary compression adjustment for our deputies. Thank you to the Sheriffs’ Association for this tremendous honor.
Stafford County Sheriff Charlie Jett said, “It’s been a privilege to work so closely with Speaker Howell over the years and I am very proud to present him with the 2015 Outstanding Legislative Service Award. Bill understand the issues important to the law enforcement community and has consistently advocated on our behalf in the General Assembly. Congratulations to Speaker Howell on this well-deserved recognition.”
Speaking about the announcement, Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director John Jones said, “Bill Howell has always been a friend to sheriffs and the entire law enforcement community. His work in the House of Delegates has helped make Virginia a safer place and we’re proud to recognize him as the only recipient of our 2015 Outstanding Legislative Service Award.”