The Chesapeake Sheriff's Office has added a new "Certified Jail Manager" (CJMs) to its ranks! Lieutenant Jeremiah Harrell was recently designated a Certified Jail Manager by the American Jail Association (AJA). He joined the ranks of Sheriff Jim O'Sullivan and seven other members of the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office as recipients of this prestigious national certification. According to the AJA, there are now 11 certified jail managers in Hampton Roads; eight of them work for the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office.
The recipients completed a thorough background investigation and an intensive four-hour exam prepared by the AJA and the Jail Manager Certification Commission. The exam was based purely on knowledge and experience; there was no study material. To earn the certification, applicants had to demonstrate competency, professionalism in the field, and strong specialty knowledge. The award recognizes continuing education and growth in the field of corrections management.
The AJA is a national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our nation's jails. It is the only national association focusing exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities.
American Jail Association
Virginia Sheriffs' Association (VSA)
Virginia Sheriffs' Institute (VSI)
City of Chesapeake Government