Don Sloan is a 1976 graduate of Central Linn High School in Halsey, Oregon. He came to Lynchburg in January of 1978 to attend Liberty Baptist College. He began working with the campus safety department in October of 1979 and worked his way through the ranks to Chief of Police for Liberty University Police Department, serving as Chief from October 1997 through December 2001. During his tenure with Liberty University Police Department, Don earned his Bachelor of Science and two Master’s degrees. Don also met the love of his life, his wife Carla, at Liberty University, and they were married in July 1984. They have been married for 32 years and have one son, John-Wesley Sloan, who is a sophomore at Liberty University. Don and his family are long-time members of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
In January of 2002, Don accepted the appointed position of Chief Deputy Sheriff for the City of Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office with Sheriff Ron Gillispie. Don served the citizens of Lynchburg in this highest-appointed position in the Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office for over 15 years before being sworn in as Sheriff.
As Chief Deputy, Don was instrumental in overseeing and leading the sheriff’s office through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission Accreditation process, earning the office’s current State Accreditation beginning in November 2006, again in November 2010, and again in November 2014.
Chief Deputy Sloan also oversaw all office budgetary processes and preparation, submission, and defense of all annual budgets to the city of Lynchburg and the State Compensation Board.
Upon the early retirement of Sheriff Ron Gillispie, Donald T. Sloan was sworn in as Sheriff on March 31, 2017.