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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, treating all persons with dignity, and holding ourselves accountable to the highest possible standards.

Vision

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office has a priority of being a community-focused law enforcement agency.

We continually partner with the community to identify, define, and solve community problems.

We enable and encourage all members of our agency to be problem solvers.

We are an agency that promotes, mentors, and facilitates both personal and professional development of our employees and continually strive to create community advocacy.

Principles

Service

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.

Accountability

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.

Integrity

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

Professionalism

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.

Dignity

We value and honor those that we serve.


Meet the Sheriff

Sheriff Quentin Miller was born and raised in Asheville and served at the Asheville Police Department from 1994 to 2018.

While stationed at Fort Bragg in 1985, Quentin met Army Specialist Karen Sconiers who he has been married to for 32 years, they have six children and now enjoy spending time with their nine grandchildren. Quentin and Karen have also fostered more than 100 children in their home since 2005.

Sheriff Miller served 11 years in the U.S. Army as an MP. Two tours in Germany and living in the California desert while stationed at Fort Irwin taught him a lot about the world.

Sheriff Miller holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Department of Justice and graduated from the Administrative Officers Management Program at N.C. State. He was elected to a four-year term on November 6, 2018 and sworn into office on December 3rd.

Photo of Sheriff Miller

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions for the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office

For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, the total budget for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is $39,099,736. This budget amount is approved by the five- member Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

This budget allocation includes 409 full-time positions. Salaries and wages account for 86% of the total budget at the Sheriff’s Office.

Buncombe County Current Annual Budget Report

Sheriff Quentin Miller's salary is $133,071.79 as set by the Buncombe County Commissioners. He is also provided a vehicle for use; the Sheriff drives a 2018 Ford Explorer.

Salaries for employees of the Sheriff's Office are available to the public with our interactive "Positions & Pay" dashboard.

Contact the City-County Bureau of Identification by calling 828-250-4661 (option 4) for information regarding a criminal background check, or have them visit the Bureau of Identification online to obtain a request form.

This will cover Buncombe County court cases only. There is a $5.00 charge and 24-hour processing period for this service.

Fingerprints and background checks are also handled through the City-County Bureau of Identification.

For offenses that could result in possible felony charges, Buncombe County residents should contact the Sheriff’s Department so a report can be taken and an investigation initiated. These offenses include sexual assault and assault with a deadly weapon. For offenses that could result in misdemeanor charges, such as harassing phone calls or certain larceny offenses, victims can go to the Magistrate's Office to request a criminal summons. Please contact the Sheriff's Office at (828) 250-4503 if you have any questions regarding this process.

To find information regarding towed vehicles, call the Sheriff’s Department Patrol Division at (828) 250-4502. The Patrol Division is located at 339 New Leicester Highway, behind the McDonald’s, in Asheville.

Call Communications at (828) 250-6670 and request to be added to the extra check list. The Communicator will ask you the necessary questions and add you to the list.

Locate & Contact

Sheriff's Office

Contact

Sheriff's Office Administration
P: (828) 250-4503

Non-Emergency Calls
P: (828) 250-6670

Asistencia en Español
P: (828) 250-4542

Sheriff's Office
60 Court Plaza, 4th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sheriff's Office Facility Locations

Sheriff's Office
60 Court Plaza, 4th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

Detention Facility
20 Davidson Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

Magistrate's Office
20 Davidson Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

Patrol Division
339 New Leicester Highway
Asheville, NC 28806