George M. Laffoon was sworn in as a deputy sheriff on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. This new position with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office represents the latest post in a 39-plus year career in public service. He said most know him as Mike and he is proud of his Chesterfield roots. “I was born in Chesterfield. I’m a Matoaca boy, that’s what they call us,” Laffoon said.
Mike Laffoon’s career in public service started in 1975 with the United States Postal Service’s Youth Opportunity Plan. “It was a great opportunity to start a career in public service,” Laffoon said. That early decision propelled a successful postal service career that would see him elevated to the post of Chesterfield Branch Postmaster. He would hold this position for seven years until his retirement on March 1, 2014.
In 1990, Mike Laffoon joined the Chesterfield County Auxiliary Police. “I was always interested in law enforcement and the Chesterfield Auxiliary Police allowed me to serve the public while also building a career with the postal service,” Laffoon said.
He would excel in his auxiliary role and steadily progress in the posts of Auxiliary Training Sergeant, Assistant Squad Leader, Squad Leader, Training Lieutenant, Auxiliary Lieutenant and Unit Commander. He was recognized as the Chesterfield Special Police Officer of the Year in 1991 and the Auxiliary Officer of the Year in 2007. In 2011, he was awarded the Chesterfield Police Life Saving Award and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Valor Award for assisting fellow officers remove a loaded weapon from a subject’s hand in a residence filled with propane gas.
He was also recognized for his instrumental role in restructuring the Auxiliary Police Unit into platoons, creating a mentoring system, and assisting with training in crowd control and mass arrests. All told, Auxiliary Unit Commander Mike Laffoon has provided the citizens of Chesterfield more than 18,000 hours of volunteer service.
Public service is a family affair for the Laffoon household with his wife, Sherri Laffoon, serving as Program Manager for the Chesterfield County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Sherri Laffoon’s public service career is likewise about giving back to the citizens of Chesterfield with positions in the Emergency Communications Center (ECC), Chesterfield Fire Department and currently as the Chesterfield Fire & EMS CERT Program Manager.
On March 28, 2014, Unit Commander Mike Laffoon retired from the Chesterfield Police Auxiliary and was recognized before the Board of Supervisors for his 24-plus years of faithful service. “It’s what I always wanted to do,” Laffoon said.
The next chapter in his public service career will be as Deputy Sheriff George M. Laffoon with an initial post in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. We expect this is only the start of an exceptional career with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.