Royal S. Freeman was born and raised in Charlotte County, Virginia.  He is a graduate of Randolph-Henry High School, Southside Virginia Community College, Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, Virginia Forensic Science Academy, and has attended many other schools and training facilities.  Royal began his career in 1988 with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office as a jailor.  He moved to the position of Patrol Deputy, then promoted  to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major.  Freeman was an elected and served member on the 2016-2019 Charlotte County Board of Supervisors serving for the Bacon/Saxe District of the county.  In 2019, Freeman was elected by the citizens to become the Sheriff of Charlotte County.

A message form Sheriff Royal S. Freeman:

I am proud and honored to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Charlotte County.  I will continue to provide security and peace to the citizens and visitors of the county.  If we all work together, we can make a difference.

Our mission is to provide the best law enforcement possible to all the citizens and visitors of Charlotte County.


J.R. Grissom serves as Major of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career in 1997 as a jailer and moved to patrol in 1998. He has worked as patrol deputy, school resource officer, and Tri-County Task Force. In 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant over the patrol division, in 2016 he was promoted to Captain, and 2020 he was promoted to Major. Major Grissom has also served as Master Deputy, Field Training Officer, member of the Tactical Team, and serves as Police Sniper for the Sheriff’s Office. Major Grissom has been with the Department for 23 years.  His oversees overseeing the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office.