From Creighton Court to the basketball court to the court of justice!
Dr. Antionette V. Irving, Richmond Sheriff, grew up in the city's Creighton Court public housing complex, where she learned the values of respect and discipline that have served her throughout her career. After graduating from Armstrong-Kennedy High School, her strong work ethic drove her to become a college basketball standout, eventually being named to the Shaw University Hall of Fame.
Throughout her 26+ year career in the Henrico Sheriff’s Office, Antionette was recognized as an intelligent, inspiring, and professional leader, and was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Major in either the Henrico Sheriff’s Office or Police Department. Her leadership and vision encompass organizational management, fiscal administration, human resources development, conflict resolution, and community relations.
In her tenure as Richmond Sheriff she has focused on restorative justice and equipping residents of the Justice Center with the resources they need to prepare themselves for successful reentry into society, while also tightly managing the COVID-19 response at the Justice Center, receiving praise from the Richmond Health Department. In her 2017 campaign she pledged to reduce the number of deaths occurring in the jail, and she did exactly that: NO deaths have occurred in the Richmond jail under her leadership. For context, over 80 deaths total occurred during the administrations of her two predecessors.
Antionette is a committed mentor, civic leader, and philanthropist in the City of Richmond, volunteering within the community and through the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church. A strong proponent of education, Antionette strives to encourage young people to develop values, self-esteem, character, and discipline through AVI Foundation, which she founded and where she serves as President.
In addition to her BA in Criminal Justice from Shaw University, Antionette earned her Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and her PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University.
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