The first woman to be Albemarle County’s chief sheriff’s deputy will announce a campaign Tuesday to succeed outgoing Sheriff Chip Harding.
Chan Bryant will run for sheriff as a Democrat in November, according to a Friday news release. The Charlottesville native has worked in public safety in Charlottesville, Scottsville and Albemarle and Madison counties since 1995.
Bryant joined the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time deputy sheriff in 2006 and became the first woman to rise to the rank of sergeant, according to the release. She was promoted to chief deputy in 2015.
Bryant, who was raised in Greene County, received an associate’s degree of applied science in police science from Piedmont Virginia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from James Madison University.
Bryant is an executive board member for the Stonewall Jackson Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She also served on the Arbor Board, an organization dedicated to services and shelter for human trafficking survivors, prior to its dissolution in 2016. She lives in Scottsville with her husband, Earl, and their 9-year-old son, Cameron.
Her announcement is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday on the steps of the Albemarle Circuit Court.
Harding, a Republican, earlier this month announced he will retire at the end of 2019 and has told media outlets that he will endorse Bryant.
Lt. Mike Wagner, who also works in the sheriff’s office, has formed a committee to run as a Republican candidate for sheriff.