Sheriff Anthony “Tony” W. Roper was born in Clarke County in 1960 and is a lifelong resident. 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 before being elected Sheriff in 2003.
Sheriff Roper is 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, Colo. 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 Area Council of Boy Scouts of America board as well as the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center. He is a member of the Command Board of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and serves on several committees guiding the Virginia Sheriffs' Association and the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Sheriff Roper is past president of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute.
Sheriff Roper and his wife, Karen, have three children and eight grandchildren. The Ropers live in the Wildcat Hollow area of Clarke County.