John W. Ingram, V is the elected Sheriff of Brunswick County, North Carolina. He is a native of Brunswick County and was born and raised on a farm in Ash, a rural farming community. Sheriff Ingram began serving the citizens of Brunswick County in 1991 and has served as Sheriff since 2008. Sheriff Ingram is married to Michelle Ingram and is the proud father and grandfather to four sons and two grandsons.
Sheriff Ingram joined the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy under Sheriff John Carr Davis and worked his way through the ranks of the Warrant, Detective and Narcotics Divisions. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant of the Narcotics Division in 1999, a position he held along with the title of SWAT Team Commander for five years. In 2004, Sheriff Ingram took the position of Lieutenant over the Narcotics and SWAT divisions with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, before being promoted to Chief Deputy in 2006. On April 7, 2008, Sheriff Ingram was hired as Chief Deputy of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. On May 19, 2008, he was appointed Sheriff and has been re-elected to three additional terms.
During Sheriff Ingram’s tenure, numerous innovative programs have been implemented. The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy was created to educate the citizens of Brunswick County about the capabilities and operational responsibilities of the agency. This program ultimately led to the creation of the Sheriff’s Volunteer Program in 2010. The Volunteer Program has grown to support nearly every aspect of the Sheriff’s Office and has been recognized internationally for its proactive approach. With over 200 members, this service has saved Brunswick County taxpayers millions of dollars. More recently, the Anchor Initiative was created to address the increasing addiction crisis by connecting people suffering from addiction with available treatment services. Since inception in 2017, the Anchor Initiative has served more than 150 people funded solely by donations. Most recently in July 2018, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as a nationally accredited agency by CALEA, the sixth Sheriff’s Office in the state to achieve this award.
In 2013, Sheriff Ingram was elected to serve on the Board of Directors with the National Sheriff’s Association. He is also a member of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association and has served on numerous committees to include chairing the Activities Committee and host Sheriff of the Annual Conference. On July 30, 2019, Sheriff Ingram was sworn in as President of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association. In this new role, he will continue to serve on the Executive Committee and on the North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission.
He was awarded the Dogwood Award by NC Attorney General Stein in November of 2019 for his work in combatting the addiction epidemic. Locally, Sheriff Ingram is actively involved in organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation, and numerous fundraising efforts for the community and local schools.
Sheriff Ingram is a graduate of the 2009 National Sheriff’s Institute and the 2010 North Carolina Sheriff’s Leadership Institute. He is also a graduate of the Drug Unit Commanders Academy, which is conducted by the DEA. He holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and has a degree in Criminal Justice. Other notable accomplishments include receiving the Law Enforcement Award of Excellence by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2012.
Sheriff Ingram and his family currently reside in Bolivia, where they enjoy spending time outdoors. Sheriff Ingram is honored to serve the great citizens of beautiful Brunswick County, one of the safest counties in North Carolina.
Sheriff Ingram is assisted by an Executive Assistant.