Sheriff Michael J. Brown is a native of Bedford County, Virginia, and has 42 years of law enforcement and intelligence experience on a local, national and international level. Sheriff Brown is a retired Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department (BATF). He served with the US. Army Military Police Corps (1967-1970); as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department; as a Staff Support Specialist with the CIA; and, prior to his election as Sheriff on January 1, 1996, he was a criminal justice consultant and program developer with the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. State Department in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Sheriff Brown is on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriffs’ Association and National White Collar Crime Center and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Law Enforcement Innovation Center at the University of Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administration and the Administration of Justice from the American University in Washington, D.C.