The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for investigating all general crimes and special victim’s cases. The Division has eight general crime investigators, three special victim’s unit investigators, one deputy in charge of monitoring sex offenders, and two crime scene investigators. The investigators work with various local, state, and federal agencies to solve crimes.
Captain Brian Kelly is the division commander over criminal investigations. Captain Kelly presides over the professional standards of the department also.
Lieutenant David Eckard is the supervisor over the general investigators. Lt. Eckard is a member of the S.T.A.R team. Lt. Eckard supervises four general investigators who work any major crimes and professional standards. Sgt. Penley and Inv. Hoyle investigator work the Fred T. Foard area of our county. Sgt. Penley has a satellite office at the Propst EMS Base on Hwy 127S. Investigator Stacey Huffman and Investigator Brandon Styers work the St. Stephens and Bunker Hill areas of Catawba County.
Lieutenant Nathan Fisher is the supervisor over the crime scene investigations division and the special victim’s investigators. Sgt. Rick Younger, Sgt. Russ Boger, and Inv. Kristy Towery work the special victim’s unit at the sheriff’s office. They are responsible for working all sex crimes and crimes against children. Sgt. Kent Brown works with Lt. Fisher as a crime scene investigator. This section is in charge of the organization, security, maintenance, and disposition of all property and evidence collected by the Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Fisher also supervises our administrative assistant, Jenny Brown.
Lieutenant Aaron Turk is the supervisor over the Terrell deputies and lake patrol division of the Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Tyler Whisenant works with Lt. Turk as an investigator for the Bandy’s and Lake Norman area of Catawba County. There are two deputies that are assigned to the Terrell area. This division also has two lake patrol deputies that patrol Lake Norman.
Deputy Darrin Lackey is in charge of maintaining records and knowing the whereabouts of all registered sex offenders that reside in Catawba County.