Chief Deputy

Aaron Herring


Chief Deputy Aaron Herring was raised in Columbus County and attended Columbus County Schools through high school and then continued education through Southeastern Community College. Chief Herring received his Basic Law Enforcement Training from Brunswick Community College with his Law Enforcement certification from North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards.

Chief Herring shares almost two decades of law enforcement experience with backgrounds in Patrol Duties, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Investigations, S.W.A.T., and Honor Guard. Chief Herring is also a certified General Instructor with the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. Chief Herring is employed by several local Community Colleges as an Instructor where he teaches Basic Law Enforcement classes and continuing education for sworn law enforcement officers. Chief Herring and his family attend Western Prong Baptist Church here in Columbus County and is a member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, A member of The Southern States Police Benevolent Association. Chief Herring has dedicated his career to serving the citizens of Columbus County and is proud to serve with the men and women of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

Administrative Assistance

The Chief Deputy Sheriff provides administrative assistance to the Sheriff in managerial functions such as: 

  • Administration of personnel activities
  • Budget planning
  • Departmental record keeping
  • Formulation of department objectives

Another duty includes assisting in determining departmental needs and priorities and prepares related budgetary proposals for submission to the County Board. 

Other Responsibilities

The Chief Deputy Sheriff also assists the Sheriff in developing and implementing cost-effective standards, procedures and policies for the department, is responsible for compiling information on departmental operations and preparing related reports, reviews and analyses the maintenance of departmental facilities, vehicles and equipment. 

They also review the operation of the County Detention Facility and ensure that correctional services are in compliance with legally mandated requirements of the state and federal governments, coordinate the activities of the divisions of the department in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations and to maintain effective communications among the divisions. Also, the Chief Deputy Sheriff performs various personnel functions including interpreting personnel records for departmental employees, and securing appropriate training for law enforcement staff.

Assisting the Sheriff

The Chief Deputy Sheriff performs other responsible functions including assisting the Sheriff with special projects, assists in managing and maintaining an efficient inter-governmental emergency communications network.

Public & Personnel Contact

The Chief Deputy Sheriff has contact with personnel from other law enforcement agencies such as the District Attorney’s Office and local police departments. In addition, the Chief Deputy Sheriff has contact with the general public and the news media.

Performance Measurements

The performance of the Chief Deputy Sheriff is measured against the overall efficiency of departmental operations and the quantity and quality of operational and administrative data provided to the Sheriff.