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 Tommy Tolley
Major Thomas Tolley began his law enforcement career in 1995. After serving with the Leland Police Department and Carolina Beach Police Department, Major Tolley joined the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as a Road Patrol Deputy in 1999.
After demonstrating a talent and passion for working with and training canines, Major Tolley was promoted to Sergeant over the Canine Unit, supervising and training multiple handlers and their canine partners. In 2008, Major Tolley was promoted to First Sergeant over Special Operations and Crime Prevention. In 2012, Major Tolley was selected to supervise the tedious transition of Animal Services from the Brunswick County Health Department, to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Major Tolley’s hard work and success at Animal Protective Services earned him the rank of Lieutenant in 2016. In 2017, Major Tolley was promoted to the rank of Captain and returned to his career roots supervising Road Patrol and other uniformed services at the Sheriff’s Office including the Marine Patrol Unit.
In January of 2018, he was promoted to his current rank of Major. Since that promotion, Major Tolley has had the opportunity to oversee the Criminal Investigations Unit, the Narcotics Unit, and most recently, the Detention Facility and Courthouse Operations. The inclusion of these divisions has meant Major Tolley has experience in every division of the Sheriff’s Office, with the exception of 911 Communications.
- Serving Since:1999
Major Steve Lanier
In 1999, Stephen Lanier began his law enforcement career with the Shallotte Police Department, serving as an auxiliary patrol officer. On August 22nd 2000, Lanier was sworn in as a full-time patrol deputy with the Sheriff’s Office. Early in his career, Lanier found a passion for drug investigations and was soon promoted to Drug Agent in early 2001. Major Lanier worked as a Drug Agent for five years until being promoted to the rank of Sergeant within the Vice and Narcotics Unit. During that time, Lanier spent nearly three years with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, stationed in Wilmington, NC. After serving as a Task Force Officer, Lanier was promoted to Lieutenant of the Vice and Narcotics Unit and soon after rose to the level of Captain within the Investigations Division with responsibilities covering General Investigations and Narcotics. In February of 2020, Sheriff Ingram promoted Lanier to the level of Major where he is currently assigned to Uniform Services.
Throughout his career, Major Lanier has received numerous honors and awards, both on the local and national level. Through the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Major Lanier has earned Master Deputy Status, received several commendations, been awarded for Meritorious and Humanitarian Services and earned the Sheriff’s Office Purple Heart for injuries sustained during an officer-involved shooting in 2001. Major Lanier has also been awarded the National Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Valor and Purple Heart from the same incident. Additionally, Major Lanier received awards and recognition from North Carolina Governor Mike Easley, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Mike McIntyre. Major Lanier received Local and Regional Honors and was named the Law Enforcement Officer of the year in 2018 by the American Legion. Major Lanier is also a graduate of the United States Department of Homeland Security Leadership Academy.
- Serving Since:2000
Major Sammy Turner
Major Sammy Turner plays a critical role at the Sheriff’s Office as the administrator and facilitator over agency training. Major Tuner is responsible for maintaining a training program that meets the standards of federal, state, local and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission training requirements.
Major Turner earned his Basic Law Enforcement Training certification through Cape Fear Community College in 1997. He began his career in law enforcement with the Holden Beach Police Department where he served until 1999 at which time he came to work with the Civil Division at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Later that same year he was transferred to patrol, serving as a Patrol Deputy. In 2003, Major Turner was promoted to Sergeant over the Patrol Division. Demonstrating a talent and passion for training, Major Turner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant over the Training Division. He was again promoted to the rank of Captain in 2010 then to his current rank of Major in 2022.
Major Turner was born and raised in Tennessee until high school when he moved to Southeastern North Carolina and attended John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington. Major Turner is married to Holly, who serves as First Sergeant over the School Resource Officer Unit at BCSO, and has three children and one grandchild.