Jose R. Quiroz, Jr.

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

After serving in the Marine Corps for four years, Jose R. Quiroz, Jr. graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy in 2002 [1]. After starting as a Deputy Sheriff in Arlington in 2001, Quiroz was promoted to a sergeant in 2015. After overseeing the Field Training program for multiple years, he assumed the role of Training Coordinator and ultimately was promoted to captain in 2022. For 15 years, Quiroz was a member of the Honor Guard Team, and he was team commander for 3 of them [3]. He also founded the sheriff’s office annual breast cancer awareness campaign, donating over $15,000, and he was director of the Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5K, an event that has raised over $800,000 in total. Quiroz has received the Deputy of the Year award, the Crisis Intervention Deputy of the year award, and the County Managers Excellence award [1]. In addition, Quiroz is a member of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the American Correctional Association [3].

Key Issues

Community

Quiroz plans to ensure that the legal system is more transparent to the public by providing accessible data to the community through an online dashboard and newsletter program [1].

Healthcare

Quiroz hopes to bring biometric sensors to prisons to help staff recognize urgent medical emergencies. He also plans to build a more effective in-housing medical system in which there is greater accountability amongst staff [1].

Incarceration

Quiroz seeks community-based partnerships and solutions to prevent incarceration. He supports involvement in youth mentorship programs as a way to lower rates of incarceration [1].

Law Enforcement

Quiroz wants to end solitary confinement in Arlington County Detention Facilities [5]. He will also eliminate fees for an inmate to contact with friends and family [1].

 

Mental Health

Quiroz views mental health in jail as a pressing and urgent issue. He developed the Medication Assisted Treatment program to help prisoners that struggle with mental issues from drug abuse. Quiroz wants to strengthen relationships with organizations, including OAR and the Arlington DHS, to collaborate and develop tools for the mental wellbeing of inmates [3].

Endorsements

Arlington County Democratic Committee; Beth Arthur, Arlington County Sheriff; Barbara Favola, State Senator; Alfonso Lopez, Delegate; Patrick Hope, Delegate; Matt de Ferranti, Arlington County Board Member; Christian Dorsey, Arlington County Board Member; Delores Fischer-Jenkins, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Retired Sergeant; VoteVets PAC; Virginia Diamond, President of Northern Virginia AFL-CIO

Sources

1 Jose for Sheriff
2 Arlington County Sheriff’s Office
3 Arlington County
4 Inside NOVA
5 Gazette Leader
6 Patch