Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter to retire after 34 years in law enforcement

- Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter will retire this Friday after 34 years in law enforcement.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies and investigators have conducted more drug arrests and seizures than ever before in the history of the department under Sheriff Carpenter's leadership. 

They said the entire office is now also computerized, enabling deputies to have the equipment to gain immediate information along with entry of all reports and documents, whether in the office or in the patrol vehicle. 

There are also more marked patrol units patrolling out in neighborhoods and businesses to deter criminal activity, the sheriff's office announced. 

Sheriff Carpenter began his career in law enforcement as a 911 dispatcher while still a senior at West Lincoln High School. In 1987 he transferred from dispatching to being a road patrol deputy under then Sheriff Harven A. Crouse. 

Carpenter worked for Sheriff’s Crouse, Kiser and Pickens in many divisions of the Sheriff’s Office and rose to the rank of Lieutenant before being hired by the North Carolina Department of Corrections in 2006 as a Probation/Parole Surveillance Officer. He was elected to his first term as Sheriff in 2010.

Sheriff Carpenter said, “I am very humbled at the opportunity to serve the county I was raised in for the last 34 years in the law enforcement profession and especially the last 8 years as your elected Sheriff.  I remain proud of the hard work of our team and the many things we have accomplished. As always, I have stood by the statement that I would never jeopardize the integrity of the Office of Sheriff and it is my hope that I left this office in better shape than I found it." 

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