Sheriff Brian Michael Chism began his law enforcement career in 2004 with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Over the course of those eighteen years, Sheriff Chism was afforded the opportunity to work in many divisions, beginning in the Patrol Unit. He later served in specialized units such as the K9 Unit, and a special operations unit that focused on street level drug interdiction. As his career progressed, Sheriff Chism was promoted through the supervisory ranks and in time, to the command staff level. In those roles, Sheriff Chism oversaw School Resource Officers, civil process and warrants, criminal investigations, narcotics, Animal Protective Services, and 911 communications. In August 2022, Sheriff Chism was promoted to Chief Deputy, the highest rank to which one can be appointed in the Sheriff’s Office. In this role, Sheriff Chism was responsible for the overall operations of the Sheriff’s Office, to include the Sheriff’s Office’s budget. Over the course of his career, Sheriff Chism has worked in or supervised every division of the Sheriff’s Office.
During Sheriff Chism’s career, he has earned numerous awards and certifications including the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Certificate, Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate, and Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. He completed the Leadership Trilogy training, which includes Supervisor Leadership, Command Institute and Executive Leadership, through the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Sheriff Chism also received many internal commendations to include Supervisor of the Year, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Life Saving Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Achievement Medal. In June 2023, Sheriff Chism was appointed to serve on both the Activities Committee and Sergeant-At-Arms Committee with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. Sheriff Chism also became a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association in October of 2023.
Sheriff Chism is a Brunswick County native and a graduate of South Brunswick High School. He is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, Session 274. The son of a loving, doting mom and dad, a US Navy veteran, Sheriff Chism comes from a very close-knit family with three brothers and one sister. His parents still reside in the Oak Island area of Brunswick County. Sheriff Chism’s youngest brother serves with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, while his two other brothers serve with the United States Air Force. His sister works with two local Brunswick County businesses that have supported the community and the Sheriff’s Office over the years. Sheriff Chism and his wife, Serena, have been married since 2005 and together since 1999. They reside in the Bolivia area with their rescued fur-baby “Amara.”
Sheriff Chism is assisted by an Executive Assistant.