Distinguished Deputy Retires from Sheriff's Office


August 3, 2010

Sgt. John CraigAfter 28 years of faithful and dedicated service, Sergeant John Craig is retiring from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been a first line supervisor working in the Adult Detention Center. The Sheriff’s Office employs over 600 men and women--of which 518 are sworn sheriff's deputies--making it one of the largest sheriff’s offices in Virginia.

Craig began his career on July 1, 1982 and graduated from the Northern Virginia Regional Police Academy. During his nearly three decades of service with the Sheriff’s Office, Craig worked in confinement, court security, alternative incarceration and civil enforcement. His career was marked with many accomplishments and accolades. After his first year on the job, Craig received “Deputy of the Year” honors. In March 1999, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California Coast University. He is a recipient of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Lifesaving Award, which acknowledged his selfless act of bravery. Craig helped revive an inmate who had attempted suicide in his cell.

During his career, Craig was a crime prevention officer and a member of the Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Team. This past year, Craig received the agency’s two highest awards, the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a career of sustained, exemplary performance by an employee, and the Meritorious Action Award, in recognition of his outstanding effort in assisting police officers from the Town of Vienna in apprehending a fleeing suspect while off duty.

Craig is an avid scuba diver. In March 2007, off the shores of Key Largo, he and his wife donned full scuba gear and said their wedding vows 25 feet underwater. They reside in Oakton, Virginia. When asked what his plans are after retirement, Craig stated, “I don’t have any plans right now. I’m taking life as it comes to me.”


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