Sheriff Anthony W. “Tony” Roper was born in Clarke County in 1960, and is a lifelong resident. He was elected Sheriff in 2003. He has served in law enforcement since 1978; working as a dispatcher, a correctional officer, a field deputy, and as an investigator with the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Roper was a founding member of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, and a regional FBI Drugs and Violent Crime Task Force. He is a graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy, and graduated with executive level law enforcement training from the FBI National Academy in Quantico and the National Sheriff’s Institute in Longmont, Colorado. His commitment to education continues today as he pursues a degree from Bluefield College.
Sheriff Roper is focused on service to the Clarke County community. He serves on the Board for the Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, he serves as a Board member of the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center, and is a member of the Command Board of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force . Sheriff Roper is an Officer of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute as well as serving on several committess guiding the Virginia Sheriffs' Association and the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.
Sheriff Roper and his wife, Karen, have three children and seven (soon to be eight) grandchildren. Sheriff and Mrs. Roper live in the Wildcat Hollow area of Clarke County.