Sheriff Ralph Kersey has spent 34 years serving his country and the citizens of North Carolina. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement Sheriff Kersey was in the United States Marine Corps from 1979-1983 later joining the North Carolina Highway Patrol, where he retired in 2011.
On December 22nd, 2014 Sheriff Kersey was sworn in as the 11th Sheriff of Scotland County. Sheriff Kersey is a member of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association.
He is a graduate of Scotland High School and later attended University of North Florida (IPTM). Sheriff Kersey has held certificates in BLET, (Basic Law Enforcement Training), Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate, Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, Field Training Officer, Firearms, Accident Reconstructionist, Federal Motor Carrier Inspector, Crisis Management, Search and Seizure, Deviant Behavior, Criminal Investigation, Basic Anti-Terrorism Awareness, Juvenile Minority, Riot Control, Interview Interrogation, Drug School, and Hazardous Materials.
Awarded to Sheriff Kersey are:
● Honorable Discharge United States Marine Corp
● MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers):Gastonia, 1990 thru 1993
● Officer of the Year: Gastonia Jaycees, 1989 1991, 1992, 1994
● Order of the Long Leaf Pine (Governor Award)
Born and raised in Scotland County, Sheriff Kersey is dedicated to serving the citizens of Scotland County. It is his goal to reorganize and review the different divisions of the Sheriff’s Office for efficiency as well as necessity. Positions will be justified and reassigned for maximum effectiveness as well as reducing the high turnover rate by providing necessary training and leadership where necessary.
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