Two new sheriff’s deputies

Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Smith announced that two new deputies, Kerry Paul Grigsby and Shawn R. Walters, have been hired in the last three months to fill vacancies on the force.

Patrol officer Walters is an experienced field officer who previously worked as a patrol sergeant for the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office as well as on the tactical team there, and as a correctional officer at theRappahannock Regional Jail. He is also an experienced firearms instructor.

Grigsby, the son of Kerry L. Grigsby of Culpeper and Debi McFarland of Huntly, has lived in the county most of his life. He graduated from Rappahannock County High School with an academic and trades diploma, and went straight into the electrical field for seven years.

When the opportunity arose for a career change, he pursued a career in law enforcement, a personal interest since high school. Grigsby lives in the county with his wife and children and is assigned to the jail division of the Sheriff’s Office.

Rappahannock native is Officer of the Year

Anthony E. “Andy” Berry, a lifelong Rappahannock resident, was presented the Officer of the Year award last weekend by the Culpeper VFW Post 2524. Berry is a master police officer for the town of Culpeper.

In the letter of recommendation submitted to the VFW, Culpeper Police Lt. S.A. Roy said Berry is “highly regarded by the departments supervisory staff for his professionalism, positive attitude, and his exemplary work ethic. He is respected by his co-workers and frequently receives commendations from the public that he interacts with.”

A veteran police officer who served four years with the Rappahannock Sheriff’s Office and two years with the Luray force before joining the Culpeper department in 2005, Roy said Berry “has proven to be a highly motivated and productive officer who leads the department in most phases of traffic enforcement.” He is assigned to the Special Operations Traffic Division, and has used his Federal Motor Carrier certification to spearhead the department’s commercial motor vehicle enforcement program, Roy said, “and has worked tirelessly to take unsafe CMV’s off of the streets improving safety on our roads for everyone.”

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