Chief Deputy Steve Parr was sworn into office December 3, 2018. He graduated from Ben L. Smith High School in 1978. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Elon University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2007. He has been awarded an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from both the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training & Standards Division and the North Carolina Sheriff’s Standards Division. He has more than two decades of experience as a law enforcement officer having worked at the Highway Patrol and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. During his law enforcement career he has coordinated Booze It and Lose It Task Forces, team commander of the motorcycle unit, and supervised several law enforcement operations. 

The Chief Deputy is the Sheriff’s Executive Command Staff Officer responsible for directing, coordinating, supervising, and training the staff, except in areas reserved for the Sheriff. The Chief Deputy frees the Sheriff from routine details and passes pertinent information and insight from the staff to the Sheriff and from the Sheriff to staff. Chief Deputy Parr serves as the Executive Commander overseeing the Court Services Bureau, Special Operations Division, Personnel and Training Division and Special Projects.

The Chief Deputy must be able to anticipate events or trends that may impact the organization. He must share with the Sheriff a near-identical vision of operations, events, and requirements. Command staff must inform the Chief Deputy of any recommendations or information they pass directly to the Sheriff or instructions they receive directly from the Sheriff.

The Chief Deputy assists the Sheriff in supervising the daily operation of the agency, participates in the planning process for present and future conditions, and assists the divisions in attaining agency goals and mission.