Most Interesting Men of 2023: Sheriff Sean Casey + Mickey


Each year, VIP Alexandria Magazine accepts nominations and selects the newest class of Most Interesting Men. This year, VIP partnered with The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Each "gentleman" was photographed with an adoptable dog seeking its forever home. We are proud to announce that all dogs featured in VIP have been adopted. Special thank you to our 2023 class of Most Interesting Men for helping us support this amazing charity!


Like many kids, Sean Casey dreamed of becoming a cop. That youthful aspiration became a reality after he experienced the thrill of a few ride-alongs during college. “I was hooked,” he recalls.

Most of what hooked young Casey wasn’t the adrenaline rush. It was the community impact and opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives that made law enforcement so attractive. After a successful 14-year career with the Alexandria Police Department, Casey joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2017, where he worked his way up to the rank of captain. In 2022, he was elected sheriff of the City of Alexandria, following in the footsteps of his longtime mentor and friend, retired sheriff Dana Lawhorn.


Born and raised in Alexandria, Casey loves serving his community and holds the distinction of being one of the detectives who brought serial killer Charles Severance to justice in 2016. “It was one of the most tragic and rewarding cases I’ve ever been a part of,” Casey recalls.

As the father of two little girls, he loves to spend his free time with his wife and daughters and coaches their basketball and soccer teams. “I try to be engaged in as many ways as I can,” he says.

In his line of work as the sheriff, as well as in his role as a husband and father, patience and the ability to listen have been some of Casey’s strongest qualities. If he had taken a different path in life, he would most likely have been an elementary school teacher. “I spend a lot of time in schools with my job and I know that teachers have an incredible impact on their students’ lives, being with them day to day,” Casey says. “I love making that kind of immediate impact.”


"Carpentry, working on projects on the house and fixing things. I also love coaching youth sports."

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