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     Steve M. Draper was elected Sheriff in November 1993. He took the oath of office January 1, 1994, which began his first term. Prior to being elected sheriff. Steve was employed by Sara Lee Knit Products where he served in management for thirteen years. Prior to employment with Sara Lee, he was employed by the Martinsville Sheriff's office. He served as a correctional officer, bailiff and as a civil process server and transportation officer.

    Sheriff Draper is a member of the Chatham Heights Baptist Church in Martinsville. where he serves as a  member of the youth council. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Sheriff's Association,  Board member of the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy in Martinsville, Chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee of the Drug Task Force of Martinsville and Henry County, and serves on the Court Security Committee of the National Sheriff's Association.

He is very active in local activities being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Martinsville Kiwanis Club, and active with the local United Way. In addition, Sheriff Draper brought National Night Out to our community by bringing the local constitutional officers and city departments together in a cooperative effort to provide, what has become an exciting event for the entire city. Sheriff Draper chairs the committee that provides the Fun Fair, a carnival that has become an annual event that is put on by the benevolent funds of each agency.

    The Sheriff is a 1972 Graduate of Martinsville High School and has attended classes in Management and Administration of Justice at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville. He is the son of the late Robert L. Draper, who served as a Justice of the Peace for the city of Martinsville and the late Katherine Alexander Draper. He has one brother, Bobby Draper who is a Captain with the Martinsville Fire Department. The Sheriff and his wife Sue reside in the city of Martinsville.