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Sheriff Mike Roberson

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About Sheriff Mike Roberson

Sheriff Mike Roberson is a lifelong resident of Chatham County. He attended our local public school system and is a strong community supporter and leader.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 30 years and they have two wonderful children together.  Sheriff Roberson is a dedicated law enforcement officer who promotes integrity, teamwork, and community involvement by being active in supporting local businesses, churches, and community events. He encourages team effort, acknowledgment, and achievement through hard work and dedication.

Sheriff Roberson is a highly-qualified, well-rounded professional with training and experience in public safety, crisis response (including group crisis intervention), terrorism response, protecting and serving children, leadership and supervision, communication, diversity (including organizing against racism) and responding to medical emergencies. He is passionate about serving his community and believes in treating all residents like family.

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Commendations, Awards & Special Recognition

  • 2017    Western Chatham NAACP – Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Citizen
  • 2016    Chatham County Board of Commissioners – Unanimously appointed Sheriff of Chatham County
  • 2012    Sheriff Richard Webster -  Top Gun Award
  • 2008    Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass -  Murder Investigation
  • 2004    Sheriff Richard Webster  -  Recognition for Outstanding Performance
  • 2004    NC Jail Administrator Association -  Award for Jail Operations
  • 2003    Sheriff Richard Webster - Meritorious Achievement
  • 2002    Dr. Jane Brice -  Instruction to UNC Medical Students on street drugs
  • 2002    Chapel Hill High School  -  Juvenile Investigation
  • 2001    NC Justice Academy -  Producing statewide educational videos for Law Enforcement
  • 1999    Sheriff W.E. “Billy” Smith  -  Disaster Relief in Kinston, NC
  • 1999    Mayor Rosemary Waldorf -  Flood Damage Response
  • 1998    Special Agent Paul Sorensen - US Dept. of State, Diplomatic Security
  • 1998    Town Manager Cal Horton - Security for President Carter for private event
  • 1997    Chief Ralph Pendergraph - Peaceful Resolution to a Barricaded Person
  • 1996    Captain Gregg Jarvies - Student Suicide Incident at Middle School
  • 1996    Chief Ralph Pendergraph  - Security for Vice President Al Gore
  • 1991    Chapel Hill Police Department -  Response to crowd control incident at Kenan Stadium

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Training & Affiliations

  • 2018    NC Sheriff’s Association – Auditing & Institute Curriculum Committee Member
  • 2018    Chatham County Partnership for Children – Honorary Chairman
  • 2018    NC Sheriff’s Association – Legislative Committee Member & Sergeant at Arms
  • 2017    NC Sheriff’s Association – Auditing Committee Member
  • 2017    Chatham County Opioid Prevention Leadership Summit Co-Chair
  • 2017    NC Sheriff’s Association – Legislative Committee Member & Sergeant at Arms
  • 2017    Attorney General – Appointed to Opioid Abuse Prevention Taskforce
  • 2017    National Sheriff’s Institute (Aurora, CO) – Graduate
  • 2016    15B Bar Association – Joined the Racial Justice Taskforce
  • 2016    NC Sheriff’s Association – Legislative Committee Member & Sergeant at Arms
  • 2016    Organizing Against Racism Training
  • 2016    Chatham County Emergency Operations - Asst. Emergency Manager
  • 2013    Columbus Masonic Lodge #102 - Past Master
  • 2012    NC Dept. of Justice, Sheriff Standards - Intermediate Detention Certification
  • 2012    NC Sheriffs Education and Training Commission - Advanced Service Award
  • 2011    University of Maryland - Group Crisis Intervention
  • 2011    Building & Design Committee Member for the Rebuilding of Historic Courthouse
  • 2010    Committee to Build Chatham County Detention Center
  • 2009    Committee to Build Chatham County Justice Center
  • 2008    Administrative Offices of Court - Jury Video Production in Historic Courthouse
  • 2008    US Dept. of Justice -  Certified Law Enforcement Media Relations
  • 2008    Wilson Community College- Internal Affairs Investigations
  • 2007    Chatham County – Advanced Leadership Academy Graduate
  • 2007    Crisis Negotiator - Negotiating Critical Incidents
  • 2007    National Sheriff’s Association - 1st and 2nd line Jail Supervisory Training
  • 2007    Chatham County Leadership Instructor -  Supervision, Management, and Team Leadership
  • 2007    Appointed as Ambassador by the Board of Chatham County Commissioners
  • 2006    NC Dept. of Justice -  School Director for DOCC for Central Carolina Community College
  • 2006    Chatham County Sheriff’s Office – Leadership Instructor
  • 2006    Chatham County Leadership Academy Ambassador & Graduate
  • 2006    Emergency Operations - Operations Chief
  • 2005    NC Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards - Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate
  • 2005    Safe Communities/Safe Kids with UNC Health Care - Chairman
  • 2004    NC Sheriffs Standards - Detention Instructor General and Specialized
  • 2004    Safe Communities/Safe Kids with UNC Health Care member
  • 2004    NC Dept. of Justice - Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor
  • 2003    AAA of the Carolinas - Certified Driver Improvement Instructor
  • 2003    Chatham County Sheriff’s Office - Team Leader for Special Incident Responses
  • 2002    Chatham County Sheriff’s Office - Training Officer and School Resource Officer Supervisor
  • 2002    Chapel Hill Police - Special Incident Response Team Leader
  • 2001    NC Criminal Justice - Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate
  • 2001    NC Dept. of Justice - Rapid Deployment Instructor
  • 2000    University Masonic Lodge #408 - Mason
  • 2000    Amran Shrine Temple - Shriner
  • 2000    York Rite - Knights Templar
  • 1999    University Masonic Lodge #408 - Mason
  • 1998    NC Dept. of Justice -  Police Law Institute
  • 1996    Juvenile Investigator - Specialized with juvenile victims and sexual assaults
  • 1996    NC Criminal Justice - General Instructor 
  • 1996    North State Law Enforcement Association - member
  • 1992    Chapel Hill Police Special Incident Response Team -  member
  • 1991    Durham Technical Community College - Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • 1990    Chapel Hill Fire Department - Level III Firefighter
  • 1990    Town of Chapel Hill - Public Safety Officer
  • 1989    Alamance Community College - EMT-Paramedic 
  • 1987    Central Carolina Community College - Emergency Medical Technician 

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Work History

  • 2016-Today     Chatham County Sheriff
  • 2013-2016       Chief Deputy, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2012-2013       Major, Field Operations, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2006-2012       Special Operations (Court/Civil/Detention) Captain, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2004-2008       Detention Administrator, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2002-2004       Training Officer & School Resource Supervisor, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
  • 1996-2002       Juvenile Officer - specialized with juvenile investigations, victims, and sexual assaults
  • 1996-2002       UNC, Chapel Hill, Carrboro Crime Stoppers - Board Member
  • 1993-2002       Community Officer - volunteered in low-income communities; focused on rebuilding community                                           infrastructure and quality of life.
  • 1990-1993       Public Safety Officer -  Police officer, Firefighter, Paramedic
  • 1988-1991       South Orange Rescue Squad – Volunteer - Paramedic
  • 1987-1990       East Chatham Rescue Squad – Volunteer – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • 1986-1992       United States Army Reserve
  • 1986-1990       Store Manager, Revco Drug Store
  • 1982-1986       Store Manager, Pope’s Hardware
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