By Aila Boyd

After 32 years with the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, John Mandeville assumed the role of major following the retirement of Delbert Dudding last month.

Major J. R. Mandeville
Photo by Aila Boyd

Mandeville’s first official day in his new role was February 14.

Having served under four different sheriffs, Mandeville knows the office well.

“It’s part of me,” he said. “I’ve spent most of my life at the Sheriff’s Office.”

In his new role, Mandeville will oversee the operations of the office and will be responsible for budgeting.

When considering who he is replacing, Mandeville said, “I’ve got big shoes to fill with Major Dudding leaving.”

He also spoke highly of Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle, who he worked a shift with as a road deputy earlier in his career. “Sheriff Sprinkle runs a good department,” he said.

A native of Alleghany County, Mandeville and his wife, who is a teacher with Botetourt County Public Schools, now reside in Botetourt County. Their son, a graduate of Roanoke College, is currently in law school in South Carolina.

Looking back on his career up to this point, Mandeville said…

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