Criminal Investigations Division

This Department is headed by Captain Andrew Greenway. The initial complaints are taken by the Patrol Division. These cases are given to the Detective Division, they are reviewed and assigned by solvability and seriousness of the case to  Detectives. The Detectives are responsible for Evidence Collection, Crime Scene Processing, Search Warrants, Interviews and handling the case through Court. Each Detective carries an equal case load while also assisting others, when possible.  

Department Supervisor, Administrative Duties, Homicide, Unattended Deaths
Lieutenant JR Upton

General Investigations Unit-Theft and Fraud
Detective Brandon Ellenburg

Detective Paul Mitchell

Detective Mason Jolley


Detective Andrew Weathers


Violent Crimes Unit-Homicide, Overdose deaths, Serious Assaults, Missing Persons, ICAC, Kidnapping
Detective Andy Millard

Detective Ryan Bailey

Special Victims Unit-Homicide,Child/Adult Sex Crimes, Child Abductions, Elder Abuse
Detective Julie Greene

Detective Tim Lowery

Digital Forensics-Cellphone, Computer Evidence  Extraction, etc.
Detective Zach Atkins

Sex Offender & Concealed Carry Permits

Detective Shane Ruppe -  Sex Offender Registry & Compliance,  Concealed Weapon Permits

The Concealed Handgun Permits are being issued at the Sheriff's Office: 
 198 N. Washington St.  Rutherfordton, NC 28139.   Monday thru Friday 8:30am until 5:00 pm.
To qualify for a concealed handgun permit you must first complete a Concealed Handgun Permit Class.  After completion of this class you may apply for the permit.  
Concealed Carry Instructors, that our office is aware of:  Instructors
After completion of the course you should call, 828-287-1206 to schedule an appointment to bring in the application packet, $90.00 (cash) and Certificate of Completion; the Instructor will give this to you.  This appointment should take less than 30 minutes.

**As much as our office works to get Concealed Weapon Permits back quickly, there is a 90 working day time period or less to process and get New or Renewal Concealed Weapon Permits back to our office. Please plan accordingly when renewal date is approaching.