CHESAPEAKE-- In January of 1970, a 29-year-old John Newhart was sworn in as sheriff of Chesapeake. After 42 years Newhart is turning in his uniform.
"In 1970 we had a total staff of 21 people. Now we have 400 people on the staff of the sheriff's office. But we also had 40 inmates back in 1970. Now we have 1200," said the retiring sheriff.
One of the things Newhart is proud of is the way he's built lines of communication between departments.
"Well again I really like the cooperation we have with public safety, our fire department and our police department. We work closely with the U.S. Marshal Service in getting some of these bad people off the street," Newhart added.
As sheriff, Newhart was also active in the community. He's been involved for 33 years in food fests to raise money for victims of crime, conducting senior seminars on crime prevention and health screenings and he's taken part in community outreach programs.
"I have been the president of the torch run and have been involved in raising money for Special Olympics. And, our plane pull team just won the sixth championship in Dulles and I am very proud of that too, " he said.
Undersheriff Colonel Jim O'Sullivan, who has been in the department for 20 years, takes over as Sheriff next week and says the biggest challenge he faces are budget cuts.
"We have a facility that's rated for 543 inmates. Our current head count is 1130 as of today. We've had our budget cut by 2.3 million dollars over the past three years," O'Sullivan explained.
He'll also be tackling the problem of an overcrowded jail.