Chuck Owenby





Leadership Matter

I have 3 key principles; experience, integrity, and leadership that I bring to this election and that would carry over into my role as Sheriff.


Experience - I began my career in law enforcement with the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office in 2002. I intend to work hard to preserve the legacy of the great leaders that have come before me. Throughout my career, I have served in many different roles at the Sheriff's Office. My jobs have included patrol officer, school resource officer and shift sergeant. Since 2017 I have served in my current role as Lieutenant of Professional Standards & Training.


Integrity - I have always had strong moral and ethical convictions and strive to do the right thing in all circumstances. I have consistently treated all people with the dignity and respect they deserve. I will bring high integrity into this election process and will remain true to myself and the people that I serve in this county. I vow to uphold a high standard of honesty and fairness in both my professional and personal endeavors.


Leadership - I have held many positions that have allowed me to use and improve my

leadership skills. I was the sergeant on my patrol shift, assistant team leader on the Special Response Team, and am the Field Training Coordinator. In my current position I am responsible for all in-service training, internal affairs and background checks for new hires for the department. Also, I serve on many local boards and committees and work closely with members of the community for the betterment of Transylvania County.


As the Sheriff I would work for you! I want to hear from the people of Transylvania County. What are your expectations, concerns, and ideas?


I promise to work tirelessly to ensure that Transylvania County remains a place that people are proud to call home.


I would be honored to have your support and your vote in the upcoming primary election in Transylvania County on May 17th.

  • BHS graduate in1994
  • Mars Hill University graduate in 2000 - Bachelors of Sociology w/ a Concentration in Criminal Justice 


  • Patrol - 2002-2004 
  • SRO - 2004-2005 
  • Patrol - 2005-2016
  • Sargent on Patrol - 2016-2017 
  • Lieutenant of Professional Standards & Training - 2017-2022
  • Chief Deputy 2022- Present


  • SRT - 2004-2017 - Assistant Team Leader for a Time


  • Advanced Certificate - 2011 
  • Field Training Officer Coordinator - 2017 
  • In-Service Coordinator - 2017 


  • Bobby Orr Employee of the Year - 2011- TCSO 
  • Patrol Officer of the Year - 2012 - TCSO 
  • Sheriff’s Award - 2014- TCSO 
  • Intermediate Service Award - 2018 - NC Department of Justice 
  • VISION Graduate - 2018 - BRCC