Sheriff Anthony “Tony” W. Roper was born and raised in Clarke County in 1960 and raised his family here. He began his law enforcement career at age 18, working as a dispatcher, then as a correctional officer, a field deputy, and then a Sheriff’s Office investigator. He was first elected Sheriff in 2003, and he has been re-elected every four years since. Sheriff Roper is dedicated to serving the Clarke County community — residents, business owners, visitors, and those who are simply driving through.
Sheriff Roper is a founding member of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and a regional FBI Drugs and Violent Crime Task Force. He is a graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy, and graduated with executive-level law enforcement training from the FBI National Academy in Quantico and the National Sheriff’s Institute in Longmont, Colo. He attended Bluefield College.
He serves on the Area Council of Boy Scouts of America board as well as the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center. He is a member of the Command Board of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, and he serves on several committees that guide the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association and the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. He is past president of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute.
Tony and his wife Karen live in the Wildcat Hollow area of Clarke County. They have three grown children.