Tim is the Sheriff of Shenandoah County.  This is his third term (2011-2015).  Before he was elected in 2003, Tim served for eight years as our Chief Deputy with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.


During his tenure, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office attained accreditation (2006) and re-accreditation (2010) from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.   He and his staff have acquired grant funding (over $900,000) that has provided an integrated records management system that connects all town police departments in our county, along with the Sheriff’s Office and Communications Center.      


Tim graduated with a Bachelors of Science from JMU in Economics in 1985 and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from JMU in 1994.  Tim is also a graduate of the 202nd Session of the FBI’s National Academy for Law Enforcement Administrators.  He has completed police executive training at the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute and the University of Richmond’s Professional Executive Leadership School.  He has extensive training in law enforcement personnel management, budgeting and finance, and critical incident management.


He is a member of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association, National Sheriff’s Association, Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and FBI National Academy Association.  He is an Executive Board member of the National Capital Region LinX Board, a criminal justice database platform.


Tim is a member and past President of the Woodstock Rotary, currently Assistant Governor of the area for his Rotary District, member of the Basye – Bryce Mountain Lions Club, and Charter member of the Strasburg Kiwanis Club.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and current President of Response, Inc.; our county’s shelter for victims of domestic violence.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Youth for Christ.  He is very active and volunteers in other charitable and community service organizations.  He is a member of Valley Baptist Church in Edinburg.


He is married to Karen Carter, formerly Karen Rhodes of Maurertown.  They and their daughter, Mona, live outside of Maurertown.


Clubs and Organizations Sheriff Carter is involved. Rep Symbol
Republican Party
Sheriff ass
Sheriff's Association
Basye Mountain Lions
Rotary FBINA
FBI National Academy