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The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is a professional, service oriented law enforcement agency.

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of everyone in Buncombe County by utilizing the highest degree of integrity and professionalism at every level, making certain that we lead by example, treat all persons with dignity, and hold ourselves accountable to the highest possible standards.

These principles are the foundation of our office:


We provide quality service in a manner which is proactive, fair, courteous, responsive and efficient. We will partner with the community to identify problems and create solutions to improve the quality of life.


We demand candor, honesty and ethical behavior. We are committed to upholding our positions of trust by maintaining the highest ethical standards.


We hold ourselves accountable to the people of Buncombe County in our decision making and management of resources to render services in an open, effective and efficient manner.


We shall exhibit a courteous, conscientious, and businesslike manner in all activities; stay knowledgeable of all aspects of our duties; understand how each individual’s role fits within the larger organization and its mission; and act for the public good without regard to convenience or self-interest.


We value and honor those that we serve.

About the Sheriff

Sheriff Van Duncan was born in Spruce Pine, Mitchell County, NC.  He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1982 and attended Western Carolina University, graduated in 1986 with B.S. in Criminal Justice, and graduated from Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University in 1993.  Sheriff Duncan has worked in law enforcement since 1986; he has worked as a Patrolman, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Detective for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Duncan was Chief of Company Police for Biltmore Estate House and Gardens for 6 years.  Sheriff Duncan also worked as an Instructor/Coordinator in the Management/Supervision Section for the North Carolina Justice Academy for 2-1/2 years prior to being elected Sheriff.  Sheriff Duncan was first elected to the Office of Sheriff of Buncombe County in 2006, and was re-elected to a second term in 2010.  He lives in Leicester with his wife, Shana, and they have three sons, Austin, Colton and Heath.