WRJA Officers for 2022-2023

Officers are elected by a majority vote of WRJA members. We are committed to continuous training, sharing knowledge, and networking to assist each and everyone one of us in our day-to-day roles in corrections. We trust that 2022 will be a better year!


Listed below are our new officers:


Deputy Superintendent Chris Hayes – Western Virginia Regional Jail

Deputy Superintendent Christopher Hayes has been a member of the Western Virginia Regional Jail for the past 11 years. He began his career with the Virginia Department of Corrections in 2007. Since joining the Western Virginia Regional Jail as a correctional officer, Captain Hayes has worked his way through the ranks, where he now serves as the Assistant Security Division Commander supervising Inmate Records, Transportation, Intake, and four security platoons.  He is a graduate of the Virginia Regional Jail Leadership Initiative and Class #25 of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy in 2017.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Business Management and Leadership from Liberty University.  Captain Hayes served 6 years in the United States Army, serving in the U.S. and abroad during the War on Terrorism and the Iraq War.  He spent a majority of his time in the Army as a paratrooper with America’s Guard of Honor – 82nd Airborne Division, and the 18th Airborne Corps.

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Vice President

Vice President – Ernie Alley / New River Valley Regional Jail

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Treasurer – Joshua Heddings / Loudon County Sheriff’s Office

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Karin Lipscomb – Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority

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