Lieutenant Colonel Thomas M. Woody

Major Woody began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in March 1987, when he was hired as a patrol deputy. He completed his basic training at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy where he graduated at the top of his class. Within three years he was assigned to the Crash Team and began investigating severe and fatal accidents.

In 1991 Major Woody was assigned to the K-9 Unit. Working with his canine Bear for over five years, they were very successful in the apprehension of two escaped convicts, felony traffic offenders and missing children.  One of the highlights of their career was the tracking of a residential burglar that resulted in recovery of over $100,000 in stocks and bonds – stolen during the crime.

He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1995 and assigned to the Patrol Division supervising the patrol shifts. In 1997 he was transferred to the Street Crimes Unit. He oversaw many successful covert operations which included homicides, robberies, sexual assaults, property crimes and wanted subjects. His unit received awards for excellent service and commendations from other area agencies for excellent investigative skills. He was promoted to the rank of command sergeant in 2001 and reassigned to the Patrol Division supervising the daily operations on the evening shift. In 2002 he was appointed to the rank of lieutenant and remained in patrol until his assignment to the Training and Personnel Unit in 2003. There, he oversaw training, recruiting, hiring, maintaining personnel records and certifications, and managing the training academy as well as the vehicle fleet.

In 2005 he was promoted to captain and assigned to the Patrol Division where he also managed the special teams of High Risk Entry Team, K-9, Search and Rescue Team, Dive Team, Honor Guard, Bike Team, Hostage Negotiations Team and Mobile Command. He also managed the Youth Services Unit which covers schools in the county. He was appointed major in April 2009 and continued to oversee the Patrol Division through August 2018. Major Woody currently serves on Colonel Hines’ staff in charge of the Investigative Division, which includes the General Investigations Unit, the Vice Narcotics Unit, and the Street Crimes Unit.  He fully supports the motto of the Sheriff’s Office: Continuing to be a part of, not apart from, the community.

Major Woody completed an associate’s degree in Administration of Justice from J. Sargent Reynolds Community College. He continued his education with Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech and the University of Richmond. He completed the Institute of Leadership in Changing Times (ILCT) at Virginia Tech and the University of Richmond’s Professional Executive Leadership School – both supported by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

He resides in Mechanicsville with his wife Bonnie. They have three children and five grandchildren.  Tom enjoys outdoor exercise, golf, tennis,  fishing and hunting.