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Clingenpeel promoted to chief deputy
Former captain has worked at sheriff’s office for 22 years
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: Sheriff Bill Overton recently made changes to his command staff at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured are (from left) Franklin County’s new Captain of Operations Paul Caldwell, Overton and Franklin County’s new Chief Deputy Harry Clingenpeel.

Monday, July 8, 2013


Former Capt. Harry Clingenpeel has been promoted to chief deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The position has been vacant since Billie Wayne Stockton retired in December 2011. After taking office in January 2012, Sheriff Bill Overton said he wanted to "make a complete assessment of the command staff and the department" before deciding who would fill the chief deputy position.

"Harry has been with us for 22 years," said Overton. "He has truly risen up to the challenges we have been faced with. He is instrumental in this department and I felt he was the best fit (in the position)."

Starting out as a correctional officer, Clingenpeel worked his way up the ranks to captain of operations in January 2012.

"I am very excited to fill the chief deputy position," Clingenpeel said. "I have enjoyed every day that I have worked for the sheriff's office."

Clingenpeel left the Franklin County office in 1993 and worked for the Salem Police Department for a brief time.

"Sheriff (Quint) Overton was gracious enough to hire me back," he said. "Salem has a great department, but Franklin County is my home. I care a lot about the citizens of Franklin County and the people I work with. This is where I belong."

Clingenpeel has worn several hats during his tenure at the sheriff's office, from DARE officer to patrol sergeant.

He received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) award in 1997-98 for the most DUI arrests in the county. He has also been the recipient of the DARE award for officer of the year for the state of Virginia.

Clingenpeel and his wife, Sandra, live in Hardy. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Taking over Clingenpeel's previous duties as captain of operations is Paul Caldwell, a 23-year veteran of the Roanoke City Police Department.

"I worked with Paul while I was with the Roanoke department," said Overton. "I am very excited to bring him, his expertise and knowledge on board."

The captain of operations oversees investigations, narcotics and patrol units.

"While in Roanoke, I worked in the patrol division, traffic division, narcotics and major crimes," said Caldwell. "It was great, as busy as Roanoke is, to get that experience in all different levels of law enforcement."

Caldwell and his wife, Lydia, live in Moneta, but he said he grew up around Smith Mountain Lake during the summers.

"My family is from the Smith Mountain Lake area, so I feel like I am already a part of this county," he said.

Caldwell has been the recipient of several awards over the years, including Detective of the Year in 2010 for his work on a homicide case. He has also received numerous other merit awards.

"I am very eager to get involved more with community groups," he said. "I have already been in contact with the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Advisory Board."

Caldwell said he feels privileged and honored to have the opportunity to work for the county that he lives in.

"I want to do a good job for the county, the sheriff and everyone I work with," he said.

Mark Torbert will remain in the position of captain of services. Torbert, formerly with the Roanoke County Police Department, joined the sheriff's office in January 2012. Some of his duties include court services, corrections, 911 and administration.

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