Annual “Center of Hope” Fundraiser Gala, Scholarship and Awards Program
October 24, 2020 – Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
Mr. Tony Lewis, a community leader, workforce development specialist, re-entry expert, and champion for children with incarcerated parents. Mr. Lewis has fought relentlessly over the past 16 years to uplift and empower men, women, and children impacted by mass incarceration. His work and advocacy have been featured on CNN, BET, Elite Daily, and in the Washington Post. He is the winner of many awards including the Steve Harvey/Ford Motor Company “Best Community Leader” award and the Presidential Call to Service.
Stafford Sheriff David P. Decatur started his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, after serving as an Airborne Paratrooper in the United States Army. He served two years as a Deputy Sheriff/Deputy Sheriff Sergeant assigned to Jail Operations, then advancing to a Patrol Deputy assigned to Field Operations.
Sheriff Decatur has served in numerous positions in the Sheriff's Office to include First Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain prior to being elevated to the position of Major (Chief Deputy) in 2000. He was also a SWAT Commander and Instructor. Sheriff Decatur was elected Sheriff on November 3, 2015 and took office on January 1, 2016.
Throughout his career at the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Decatur created and now instructs an Active Shooter Counter measurers Training program which provides training to all Stafford County School employees, Stafford County Government employees and community members and businesses. Early in his career he created the Field Training Officer program which later became a model used by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. He is a Certified School SHIELD Security Assessor, a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Tactical Operations Instructor and has instructed in other areas such as community policing and leadership.
He is also a graduate of the DEA’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy, FBI National Academy and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Public Safety Institute and attended the Leading, Educating and Developing (LEAD) program at the University of Virginia designed for high performance government organizations. Sheriff Decatur is a member of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association and the Virginia FBI National Academy Association. He is currently serving his fourth year as the Regional Director for the Virginia Special Olympics Torch Run and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Stafford Junction.