Carl R. Peed

Carl Ray Peed (1947 - ) was the Sheriff of Fairfax County from 1990 to 1999, when he was defeated by Stan Barry.

He was the last sheriff in the dynasty that began with sheriff James D. Swinson, his father-in-law, and continued through M. Wayne Huggins.

Peed grew up in Hamlet, North Carolina, where his father was a sheriff's deputy. After graduating college with a bachelors degree in biology in 1969 and serving in the military for 2 years, Peed was hired as a corporal in 1974 by his father-in-law, Sheriff James D. Swinson.[1]

Upon his election as sheriff in 1979, M. Wayne Huggins appointed Peed his chief deputy. Peed himself took over as sheriff when Huggins left to become director of the National Institute of Corrections.[2] Peed was appointed to the position by the Circuit Court on March 7, 1990, and was elected to serve the remainder of Huggins' unexpired term in the November 6 special election.[3]

After his defeat by Stan G. Barry in 1999, Peed was appointed as Director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, taking over the Department on January 4, 2000.[4]

Peed was appointed the Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on September 4, 2001.[5] He retired from that position in January, 2009.

Peed is currently the President of CP2 Incorporated.


  1. Brown, DeNeen L. "Contest for Sheriff Rare Treat in Fairfax;Acting Official Challenged by Two Candidates." The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext): v.01. National Newspapers Core. Oct 11 1990. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
  2. Davis, Patricia, and Stephen C. Fehr. "Fairfax's Sheriff to Run Agency;Huggins Leaving for Federal Position." The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext): d.05. National Newspapers Core. Jan 25 1990. Web. 4 Feb. 2012.
  3. "Peed Interim Fairfax Sheriff." The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext): d.07. National Newspapers Core. Mar 08 1990. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
  4. Timberg, Craig, and Josh White. "Former Sheriff to Lead Juvenile Department; Peed Vows to Review Training Issues." The Washington Post: B.04. National Newspapers Core. Jan 05 2000. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
  5. United States Department of Justice. Attorney General John Ashcroft Appoints Carl Peed to Be the Executive Director of COPS. COPS: Community Oriented Policing Services. United States Department of Justice, 4 Sept. 2001. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
Preceded by
M. Wayne Huggins
Sheriff of Fairfax County
1990 - 1999
Succeeded by
Stan G. Barry