John Cassell for Henry County Sheriff

“As your Sheriff, I will give you my dedicated and loyal service. I will be proactive and protect in a professional and ethical manner.”

John Cassell for Henry County Sheriff

“I am a man of action, not excuses. I have always had a strong commitment to the law enforcement profession as well as being a servant to the public.”


Henry County It’s Time for a Change!!!

I wanted to thank everyone for the tremendous amount of support that I have already received!!!!

Please feel free to contact me either on my campaign Facebook page, my personal page, or my personal cell phone number is 276-226-6419.

Please leave a message if I’m not immediately available and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me over the last year since I retired from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Now that I am home for good from overseas, I am eager to begin campaigning and meeting as many Henry County citizens as I can.

I will work hard to earn your trust and will run a “fact” based campaign to make you, the citizens of Henry County aware of what is going on in YOUR community.

If you would like to know more about my platform and the reasons behind my running, please feel free to private message me. I WILL ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR YOU.

Also, if you know of an organization, church, or community event that would like to have me speak, please feel free to private message me anytime. I am at your disposal…not just now…but after I am elected as well, for the duration of my duty, not just during election time.

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt

John Cassell

John Cassell

  • Graduated, Bassett High School – Class of 1986
  • Associate of Applied Science Administration in Criminal Justice, Patrick Henry Community College, 1994
  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bluefield College, 2004
  • Master of Adult Education (Curriculum Development and Instruction) Averett University, 2008
  • Master of Emergency Management and Homeland Security with a concentration in International Terrorism (Studied abroad in Jerusalem), Arizona State University, 2017



  • Retired October 2017 from Henry County Sheriff’s Office as the Lieutenant of the Professional Standards Division
  • U.S. Department of State contractor (Designated Defensive Marksman) with a top-secret security clearance, employed by Aegis/Garda World Federal Services – October 2017 – November 2018
  • Retired Henry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Current employment, Sergeant at Carilion Police Department – December 2018

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Cassell Campaign is Everywhere Today

Cassell Campaign is Everywhere Today

John, one of the veterans recognized today during the retirement of an American flag. Starting the day off at the Horsepasture Fire Department Breakfast, then a visit at the Rangley Ruritans, then out to the Axton Fire Department Fair, across county to the Fieldale...

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School Safety

I will work to provide a School Resource Officer (SRO) in every HCPS not only for the safety/security aspects but, also for the vital role modeling in reaching the “at risk” students as well. SROs are highly trained to identify the needs of the student body and are capable to address any issues that may affect the student in or outside the school setting.

Community Commitment

I have many community commitment programs that I plan to implement once in office that will bring forth a stronger, community-oriented policing format that will enable the Henry County Sheriff’s Office to better serve our community as a whole.

Stronger Leadership

I am forming a new, stronger administration with a vast assortment of years of law enforcement experience that will lead the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in the direction that will benefit the office and community as a whole.

As Your Sheriff, my priorities will include:


Opioid Epidemic

Henry County has the highest opioid death statistics, triple the rate as anywhere else throughout the state according to a recent Department of Health report. From 2011 to 2016, opioid overdoses caused 53 deaths in Henry County and Martinsville, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. In Henry County, 38 people died from prescription opioid overdoses and six people, from fentanyl and/or heroin overdoses. In Martinsville, five people died from prescription opioid overdoses and four from fentanyl or heroin overdoses.
Collins, P. (2015, December 29). Opioid abuse is epidemic in U.S.


Raising crime statistics/unsolved homicide cases

Recent years (2015 – 2017) Virginia State Police annual crime statistics report shows rising crime stats and lower populations in Henry County. Also, in recent years, Henry County Sheriff’s Office has many unsolved homicides that left many families with unanswered questions. (Collins, P. (2019, January 30). How did my sister die? Woman wants answers about year-old case from Henry County Sheriff’s Office.


Lack of leadership causing deputy retention issues

In recent years, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has suffered the loss of over 50% of the entire force of seasoned law enforcement officers. This is not just the result of untimely retirements, low pay, and negative public perception towards law enforcement as the current sheriff would have you believe.


Irresponsible Administration

The current administration has poor leadership skills, which lacks the ability to inspire, retain, or recruit seasoned law enforcement officers. For these reasons, the morale of the office is extremely low, which in turn creates a lack of enthusiasm and poor job performance, which directly affects YOU, the citizens of Henry County. 

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