C.S. “Chad” Oxley is 47 years of age and was born at Ft. Carson Army Hospital. Chad Oxley grew up in Youngstown, Ohio where he was raised by his aunts on his father’s side. Chad’s father, a Vietnam Veteran, struggled with alcohol and his mother with mental health issues. While his parents remained in his life until both of their deaths, Chad’s aunts and uncles are the ones who provided the most stability in his life and made him the person he is today.
Chad would meet Nicole Taub in High School. They were married in 1993 after Chad completed his first year of active duty in the Army. They have been married for 26 years. Chad Oxley has a combined 25 years of public service including eight of those years serving in the United States Army and Virginia Army National Guard in Field Artillery. Nicole would soon follow Chad’s devotion to public service by answering her own call to serve the public in the United States Air Force. Dr. Nicole Oxley is now the CEO of Oxley Enterprises, Inc., a Stafford County small business founded in 1999, which provides Information Technology services and has been on the INC 5000 for the past three years and is also a Service -Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Dr. Nicole Oxley served as an Officer in the United States Air Force. Although Nicole outranked Chad, as he was a Non-Commissioned Officer, she would arguably agree that Artillery is the King of Battle.
Chad Oxley, like many of Stafford County’s citizens, came to call Stafford County home after service in the Military. Chad and Nicole have called Stafford County home since 1998. In 1999, after both of the Oxley’s believed they had found a community that felt like home, they convinced Nicole’s parents to sell their home in Ohio and move in with them. This would also be the community where Oxley Enterprises, Inc., a Stafford County small business, started and is thriving today. Most of you in the community that frequent the Starbucks or Panera Bread in Northern Stafford likely already know Chad Oxley’s father in law Lloyd Taub, who is often referred to as the Panera greeter, as he is there seven days a week and never misses his morning coffee and gathering of friends. Chad and Nicole would often be asked how one could have their parents live with them for that long and the answer would be, how could you not? The partnership the four of them have is second to none and they are a true blessing. The Oxley’s are grateful for everyday that they have with their parents as they have gotten older but in good health.
This endeavor to run for public office was not planned and just began literally the day after Chad’s retirement (May 21, 2019). Nicole and Chad were discussing Chad’s career and he gave some ideas on how some changes could be made to positively impact the Sheriff’s Office and have a direct impact on the quality of service provided to the citizens. In that moment, with a conversation over dinner, Chad Oxley would make the decision that if change was to be made, someone had to step up and do what is uncomfortable. “Great things never came from comfort zones” -Anonymous. Chad uses this quote to let the constituents of Stafford County know that Chad is not a polished and career politician, but a retired detective who is a guy that has had boots on the ground on the front lines of law enforcement for the last 17 years and is truly in touch with what is working and what is not in regards to Public Safety.
The county has grown exponentially since 1999. Stafford County is a bedroom community with a blend of citizens who grew up here and a mixture and melting pot for others from all of the United States and other countries. That is what gives this county it’s character. This has been a great community to live in, and Chad has been grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Stafford County for the last 16 years. However, with rapid growth comes challenges as well as benefits.
Chad Oxley and Nicole Oxley believe in charitable giving and strengthening the community. Nicole is a child sexual assault survivor and is a past President and past member of the Board of Directors of the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault (RCASA). Chad and Nicole believe in and contribute to organizations such as International Justice Mission, Compassion International, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Chad Oxley served for many years working as a contractor at the National Reconnaissance Office prior to joining the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office where he served as Deputy Sheriff assigned to jail operations. While attending the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office Academy for Courts, Civil Process, and Jail Operations, Chad Oxley was awarded the Top Academic Award, Top Overall Award, and a Commendation Award.
Chad Oxley then joined the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office where he served until retiring from in May of 2019 after 16 years of service. Chad Oxley began his career with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office as Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Field Operations after completing the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Chad Oxley was awarded the Top Academic Award from the RRCJ Academy.
Throughout his career, Chad Oxley served on several specialty units including the Dive Team, the Criminal Enforcement Team, Bike Patrol, the Marine Patrol Unit, and the Crisis Negotiations Unit. Chad Oxley was promoted to the rank of Detective and was sent directly to the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) where he worked as a Narcotics Detective. Chad also served Stafford County and the surrounding communities by working as a member of the Rappahannock Regional Gang, Drug, and Terrorism Task Force, which was comprised of members from Stafford Sheriff’s Office, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Fredericksburg City Police, and the King George County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Chad Oxley spent 10 years assigned to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Northern Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force serving as a federally sworn Task Force Officer.
While Chad Oxley was assigned to the DEU as a Detective, he was involved with and led numerous investigations resulting in record drug and cash seizures. In addition, Chad Oxley worked with our federal partners in investigations intended to stem the flow of illegal narcotics, weapons, and associated violent crime in our community. One such case, dubbed Operation Smoking Dragon, resulted in the arrest of a multitude of suspects involved in cigarette trafficking, murder for hire, weapons and narcotics violations. Several suspects were charged at the State Level with Racketeering and Corruption. Those operations resulted in over $4 million in seizures that were split between local, state, and federal authorities. Stafford County received $2.4 million in funds from that seizure that were used for resources for the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at no expense to the taxpayers.
Chad Oxley finished his career as a Master Detective assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), where he spent the majority of his time investigating financial elder abuse. Chad Oxley’s law enforcement supervisory experience includes assignments such as work as a Sergeant in the Field Operations Division, Detective Sergeant in Criminal Investigations, and as a Detective 1st Sergeant while assigned to Criminal Investigations Division. Chad Oxley served as the Unit Commander for the Special Investigations Unit (Narcotics/Gangs), and the General Assignment Unit (Property/Financial Crimes).
Chad Oxley has worked several high-profile investigations along with his colleagues. Noted below are the links to the press releases of some of those investigations:
Chad Oxley has a wealth of experience in the day to day operations of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office and is in tune with both the rank and file law enforcement professionals as well as the community. Chad Oxley currently has 96 Hours towards a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Park University.