Chip Harding

Sheriff, Albemarle County

Chip Harding

· B.S. Social Work VCU 1973 and attended Darden Business School 1999/2000

· 45 years’ experience in Virginia’s Criminal Justice System

· 2008 to present Sheriff Albemarle County

· 1978-2008 Charlottesville Police –retiring as Captain over Investigations and Narcotics

· 1974-1978 Juvenile Probation Councilor

· Former Chairman State Board of Juvenile Justice

· Founder “Citizens for DNA” (helped obtain funding for the Databank 1998 and lobbied for expansion in 2015)

· First Sheriff In America to be featured supporting the Innocence Project on their National Website

· Assisted the Innocence Project In freeing Michael Hash who was wrongly convicted of murder in Culpeper

· Has publically called for a Justice Commission in Virginia to study lessons learned from DNA Exoneration Cases and develop improved police and prosecutorial practices. He wrote every Police Chief, Sheriff and Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia offering them a copy of Brandon Garrett’s book “Convicting the Innocent”. He continues to work with Garrett on this effort.

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