The Command Staff is responsible for the day to day operations of each division within the Sheriff’s Office making sure that each Division Commander has the necessary resources and tools required to effectively operate that division. They work closely with the Sheriff and Chief Deputy on all matters concerning the the safety and well being of the citizens within Brunswick County as well making sure the staff of the Brunswick County Sheriff have the training, mindset, skills and equipment to effectively carry out their duties.

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Sanders

Operations Command

In October of 1989 Lt. Col Sanders was hired as an auxiliary deputy. In January of 1990, he was hired full-time in the jail as a Detention Officer, where he worked until he was transferred to the Patrol Division. Lt. Col. Sanders worked as a patrol deputy for 5 years, making the rank of Sergeant in the Patrol Division in 1995. After working as a Patrol Sergeant for 5 years, he made the rank of First Sergeant in 2000. He worked as a First Sergeant for 6 years, making the rank of Lieutenant in 2006. Lt. Col. Sanders worked as a Lieutenant for 2 years, making the rank of Captain in 2008. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2019.

Lieutenant Colonel Sanders has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Cape Fear Community College.

  • Serving Since:1989

Major Laurie Watson

Operations Command

In 2000, Major Watson began her career with New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office as a sworn Deputy Sheriff. In September 2001, she was hired by The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time Patrol Deputy. In December 2002, she was promoted to the rank of Detective assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit. Major Watson remained in the Detective Division until October 2008 when she was promoted to Corporal in Uniform Patrol Division. While serving in the Uniform Patrol Division between 2008 and 2012, she was promoted through the ranks up to Captain. In 2012, she was assigned as the Captain over Uniform Patrol and the Criminal Investigative Unit. In 2015, she was assigned as the Captain over the Criminal Investigative Unit and Vice/Narcotics Unit.

In April 2016, the Sheriff Ingram promoted her to the rank of Major, where she shares duties with Major Brian Sanders with the day to day operations and budgeting of each division Of the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Serving Since:2000

Major Tommy Tolley

Command Staff

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