Chief Deputy Aaron Herring was raised in Columbus County. He attended Columbus County Schools through high school and continued his education at 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 has 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. Chief Herring is a member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and 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.
The Chief Deputy Sheriff provides administrative assistance to the Sheriff in managerial functions such as:
- Administration of personnel activities
- Interpreting personnel records
- Securing appropriate training for personnel
- Budget planning
- Departmental record keeping
- Formulation of department objectives
The Chief Deputy Sheriff also assists the Sheriff in developing and implementing cost-effective standards, procedures and policies for the Sheriff's Office, is responsible for compiling information on departmental operations and needs and preparing related reports, and reviews and analyzes the maintenance of departmental facilities, vehicles, and equipment. The Chief Deputy Sheriff may assist in preparing related budgetary proposals for submission to the County Board.
The Chief Deputy Sheriff also reviews the operation of the County Detention Facility and ensures that correctional services are in compliance with legally mandated requirements of the state and federal governments, coordinates the activities of the divisions of the Detention Facility in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations and to maintain effective communications among the divisions.