VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — (05-25-21) — The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday its new LGBT liaison. Sheriff Ken Stolle appointed Deputy Heidi Evertson to the position on Tuesday and Deputy Evertson’s duties take effect immediately.
Deputy Evertson will replace the office’s first LGBT Liaison, Sgt. Guy Saucier, who has retired from the department.
Deputy Evertson joined the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office in 2015 and has served in Correctional Operations and Intake and Court Security. She is a member of the VBSO Honor Guard and Recruitment Team. Evertson is also a Crisis Intervention Team instructor who trains deputies on responding to mental health crises.
The LGBT Liaison position was created in 2017 with the goal of building better relationships with the LGBT community and fostering an inclusive workplace invironement.
Deputy Evertson will work closely with the Human Rights Commission Liaison, serve as a resource for sworn and civilian staff on LGBT issues, and will also represent the sheriff’s office at community events in the area.
“I’m excited to represent the department because I’m so proud to work here and I’m proud of who I am and how far I’ve come in my six years with the Sheriff’s Office,” said Deputy Evertson who added that said hopes to bring the law enforcement and LGBT communities together and ensure everyone feels heard. “I’m looking forward to getting out into the community and hope I can be an inspirator, a motivator, and an advocate.” said Evertson.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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