The Sheriff’s Office serves more than 220,000 residents with 270 employees, including sworn officers of the law and civilian staff.

The Sheriff is an elected official serving a four-year term, with right to re-election. Current Sheriff Beth Arthur was elected in 2000. In total, she has served more than 25 years with the Arlington Sheriff’s Office.

What We Do

  • Manage County detention facility
  • Oversee Courthouse/courtroom security (Juvenile, Domestic Relations, County Circuit and General District courts)
  • Transport inmates to court, state facilities and medical/other appointments
  • Serve summonses, court orders and other civil processes issued by court
  • Collect delinquent taxes
  • Assist in traffic enforcement as well as special details within the County

What We Don’t Do

  • Police, not the Sheriff’s Office, serve as primary law enforcement for local, state and some federal laws.
  • Police are the primary traffic and parking enforcement agency.


To learn even more about the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office take a look at our Annual Report for Calendar Year 2013