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.
Major Brian Sanders
In October of 1989 Major 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. Major 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. Major Sanders worked as a Lieutenant for 2 years, making the rank of Captain in 2008. He was promoted to Major in 2009.
Major Sanders has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Cape Fear Community College.
- Serving Since:1989
Major Keith Smith
In 1993 Major Smith began his career with Shallotte Police Department as a full-time Patrol Officer. In December of 1994 he was hired by The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time Patrol Deputy. Late in 1995 Major Smith was transferred to the Warrants Division until he was promoted to the rank of Detective in February of 1997. Major Smith remained in the Detective Division until early in 2002 when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he supervised the Warrant and Civil Division along with other administrative duties. In 1997 Major Smith also became the Under Water Crime Scene Investigator and the original member and founder of The Brunswick County Dive and Recovery Team. Major Smith still remains the Dive and Recovery Team Commander and is an active diver.
In December of 2004 Major Smith was promoted to the rank of Captain of Administration were he assisted the Sheriff and Chief Deputy in daily operation of the Sheriff’s Office. In 2009 Sheriff Ingram promoted him to the rank of Major of Administration where he shares duties with Major Brian Sanders with the day to day operations and budgeting of each division Of the Sheriff’s Office.
- Serving Since:1993
Major Laurie Watson
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 and Major Keith Smith with the day to day operations and budgeting of each division Of the Sheriff’s Office.
- Serving Since:2000