Bertie Sheriff’s Chief Deputy graduates from Leadership Institute

Published 4:17 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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DURHAM – The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association recently hosted the third and final week of the Chief Deputies’ Leadership Institute at the JB Duke Hotel in Durham. Chief deputies from across the state attended, including Chief Deputy Timothy O. Hardy of the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office.

Timothy Hardy of the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office holds the diploma he earned upon the completion of the Chief Deputies’ Leadership Institute held in Durham. Contributed Photo

During week #3, chief deputies heard guest speakers, attended presentations and participated in training classes on several topics aimed at helping them support their sheriff and their community. Training classes included instruction on legal considerations for chief deputies, vacancies in the Office of Sheriff, officer-involved shootings, leadership styles, personal resiliency, laws related to evidence storage and disposition, the Associations’ legislative program, as well as emergency preparedness in jails.

Commenting on the experience at the Institute, Hardy noted, “I am grateful to have been able to participate in the Chief Deputies’ Leadership Institute over the past year with the Association. The Institute has been an incredibly valuable opportunity for learning and collaboration with other chief deputies from across the state. The knowledge and skills I have gained over this past year will stay with me as I continue to serve as chief deputy.”

At the conclusion of the week, Hardy graduated from the Chief Deputies’ Leadership Institute and earned a diploma for the achievement.

The Chief Deputies’ Leadership Institute is a three-week course taught over 12 months. It consists of almost 100 total hours of training. Chief deputies who attended all three weeks of the Institute over the past 12 months were eligible to graduate.

“I congratulate each of the accomplished graduates of the Chief Deputies’ Leadership Institute this week,” said Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell, who serves as President of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. “Chief deputies are essential in supporting the Office of Sheriff. They are a critical link between a sheriff and a sheriff’s staff, as well as the community. The Association is proud to provide chief deputies with the opportunity to attend this educational institute and provide them with valuable skills they can apply in their own sheriffs’ offices.”

Founded in 1922, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is a statewide not-for-profit professional and educational organization of our state’s 100 sheriffs. Through their Association, sheriffs work to strengthen the law enforcement profession and services their offices provide to the people of North Carolina.