Before being elected as Sheriff of Tazewell County, Brian served at the Sheriff's Office as their Chief of Operations, and prior to that he served as the Chief of Police for the Town of Tazewell.

As Tazewell's Chief of Police he successfully led the department through the Accreditation Process making them the smallest agency in the state, and the first in Tazewell County, to achieve Accredited status through the State of Virginia.

As the Sheriff of Tazewell County he has made sure the Sheriff's Office and 911 Center have excelled in the services provided to the citizens by staying on the cutting edge of technology, including in car computers, body cameras, and the Sheriff's Office App.

  "My goal in being reelected as Sheriff is to continue moving the Office forward in being an innovative leader in the area of Law Enforcement Technology and continue working very close with our communities on the problems that face our county".

About Sheriff Hieatt

  • Recognized with an award for Substance Abuse Prevention by Governor George Allen.
  • Voted Tazewell County's "Officer of the Year"
  • Recipient of the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution. 
  • Initiated the county's Internet Crimes Against Children Investigation Unit. 
  • Served with two Governor Task Force's involving Drug Abuse and School Safety.  . 
  • In 2014 was presented the DARE  Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Dare Association.




  •  Earned his Associates in Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice at Southwest Virginia Community College.
  • Received his Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Criminal Justice at Bluefield College.
  • Graduated from Liberty University with a Master's Degree in Human Relations. 
  • Sheriff Hieatt has served as a College  instructor in the field of Criminal Justice for Southwest Virginia Community College as well as Bluefield State College. 

  • Attended the National Sheriff's Institute Leadership School.