Donald's dedication to the Sheriff's Office is due to his passion for protecting the county of Augusta and its residents. SWAT has also been a very significant part of his life, along with continuing his education. He felt that college was essential in the preparation of leading the entire staff and becoming Sheriff of Augusta County.
His hero is his 95 year old grandmother, Reba Hahn, who has been a large influence on his life. You will be seeing a lot of her during this campaign because she is his pride and joy and he is hers. She has taught him strong Christian morals and values, which has made him the man that he is today. He takes care of her now as she has taken care of him all of his life.
Donald also takes pride in his niece, Paige, and his nephew, Parker. They spend lots of time together playing, camping, and farming. Donald is always ready to help care for them whatever their needs may be. Due to the fact that Paige and Parker spend days on the farm with him, Donald made sure that when he needed to get a new tractor, it had a seat for them so that they were able to ride with him.
His strength and determination to do physical tasks give Donald another love, the love of farming. He grew up on a farm and learned the many responsibilities of farm management. These duties included maintaining records and sustaining a sometimes challenging yearly budget. He will almost always be seen farming with his two companions, Jay and Cole. They are his Catahoula farm dogs and can round up his cattle in a matter of minutes. Donald gives credit to his grandfather, W.A. Shiflett, and Larry Shiflett for teaching him his strong work ethics and standing up for what he believes in.
Donald has two church families and attends whenever his shift work allows. He attends Spring Hill Presbyterian Church where his grandmother is a member and Verona United Methodist Church where he is a member.
All of these things, along with his loyalty to the Sheriff's Office, have contributed to Donald becoming the leader he is today.