WINCHESTER — Clarke County Sheriff Tony Roper has endorsed Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland in the Nov. 5 election.
Millholland is seeking a second four-year term as an independent. He is being challenged by Republican nominee Allen Sibert, who has been endorsed by Winchester Sheriff Les Taylor and former Frederick County Sheriff Robert Williamson.
“I have known Lenny Millholland since I became involved in law enforcement some 40 years ago,” Roper said in his written endorsement. “In his early days with the Winchester Police Department, [Millholland] was known for his relentless pursuit of criminals. He seemed to understand just how important his chosen profession was, always understanding that he worked for people who came to him when they needed an advocate. His genuine feelings for others was clear, and I watched him navigate successfully a criminal justice system with compassion for victims, integrity when dealing with other members of the prosecution teams, and even suspects.”
Roper, who has been Clarke County’s sheriff for 16 years, described Millholland as “well-respected by his peers” and said he understands the office.
“I have found in life that the strongest indicators of what a person will do in the future in any given circumstance is how they have performed in the past,” Roper’s endorsement said. “We do not have to guess how Lenny Millholland will proceed in this role — we need only look at his body of work. The people of Frederick County have the luxury of a large body of the sheriff’s successful work to examine.”
In response to Roper’s endorsement, Millholland said: “I am honored that Sheriff Roper felt that as a sheriff I have made a difference for the citizens of Frederick County and those of the Commonwealth.”