Danville Sheriff’s Office chief deputy retires after 43 years of service

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The chief deputy for the Danville Sheriff’s Office will retire after serving the community for 43 years.

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Salmon joined the force Feb. 15, 1977, as a deputy sheriff under the leadership of Danville’s first sheriff, Charlie J. Smith, according to a statement from Sheriff Mike Mondul.

Salmon was promoted to sergeant in 1979, lieutenant in 1990, and later was a captain. Since 2010, he served as the chief deputy and lieutenant colonel.

“He is highly respected by his subordinates and peer group. Moreover, he has my utmost respect. His professional approach to his job is rivaled only by his dedication to the community he serves.”

Sheriff Mike Mondul

Salmon has served all four of Danville’s sheriffs – Charlie Smith, Dudley Bowling, James “Jim” Dooley and the current sheriff.

In addition to having a reputation for the utmost professionalism, he is known for his funny one-liners nicknamed “Salmonisms.”

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