This Department is headed by Lieutenant Jimmy Upton. The initial complaints are taken by the Patrol Division. These cases are given to the Detective Division, they are reviewed and assigned by solvability and seriousness of the case to  Detectives. The Detectives are responsible for Evidence Collection, Crime Scene Processing, Search Warrants, Interviews and handling the case through Court. Each Detective carries an equal case load while also assisting others, when possible.

Lieutenant JR Upton - Department Supervisor, Administrative Duties, Homicide, Unattended Deaths

Det. Mason Jolley-Breaking & Entering, Larceny

Det. Zach Atkins–Digital Forensics Investigator

Det. Julie Greene - Child Abuse, Missing Persons, Juvenile Investigations

Det. Adrienne Wallace- Domestic Violence, Missing Persons, Assault

Det. Andy Millard - Fraud, Forgery, Identity Theft 

Det. Brandon Ellenburg- Breaking and Entering, Larceny

Det. Paul Mitchell- Breaking and Entering, Larceny


Det. Shane RuppeSex Offender Registry, Handgun Permits, Concealed Weapon Permits

The Concealed Handgun Permits are being issued at the Sheriff's Office: 
 198 N. Washington St.  Rutherfordton, NC 28139.   Monday thru Friday 8:30am until 5:00 pm.
To qualify for a concealed handgun permit you must first complete a Concealed Handgun Permit Class.  After completion of this class you may apply for the permit.  
Concealed Carry Instructors, that our office is aware of:  Instructors
After completion of the course you should call, 828-287-1206 to schedule an appointment to bring in the application packet, $90.00 (cash) and Certificate of Completion; the Instructor will give this to you.  This appointment should take less than 30 minutes.
**As much as our office works to get Concealed Weapon Permits back quickly, there is a 90 working day time period or less to process and get New or Renewal Concealed Weapon Permits back to our office. Please plan accordingly when renewal date is approaching.