Beth Arthur’s career with the Sheriff's Office began in 1986 when she was hired as the Budget and Personnel Analyst. She was promoted to the Director of Administration in 1988 overseeing all human resource, budgeting and information technology functions. These experiences led to her judiciary appointment to Sheriff of Arlington County in July 2000 and subsequent election in a special election in November 2000, with re-elections in November 2003, 2007 and 2011. Sheriff Arthur was not only the first female Sheriff in Arlington County, but also the first female County Sheriff in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is currently one of approximately 40 female Sheriffs in the United States. Sheriff Arthur commands a staff of 271, managed an average daily population of 449 for CY 2012, administers security of the Courthouse and oversees a $35.7 million budget.
Sheriff Arthur is responsible for the operation of the Detention Facility, security of the courthouse, transportation of inmates, service of all court issued process and criminal warrants, the Alcohol Safety Action Program, administrator of estates and providing administrative support to all areas of the Office. Her professional memberships include the National Sheriffs’ Association; Virginia Sheriff’s Association; the American Correctional Association; and the American Jail Association. Sheriff Arthur was the first woman to occupy a board position with the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association and currently serves as the first female President of the Association. Sheriff Arthur served on the Commonwealth of Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board from July 2002 until June 2010 and as Chairman from July 2005 through June 2010. She is a member of numerous organizations at the state and local levels and serves on numerous committees including: Correctional Intelligence Task Force and Constitution and By-Laws Committee for the American Correctional Association; Jail, Detention & Corrections Committee and Education and Training Committee for the National Sheriffs’ Association; President of the Board of Directors and member of the Legislative Committee for the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association.
Sheriff Arthur is a lifetime member of Leadership Arlington, Class of 2001, a former member of the Board of Regents and served as Chairman for the term 2011-2012.
Beth resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her family.