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Sheriff’s Mission: To Serve, Protect and Defend

Swain County is one of the largest counties east of the Mississippi

The cornerstone of our success will always be our people – the women and men who each day deliver on our pledge to serve and protect.

The Swain County Sheriff’s office asks for your assistance

We ask for your assistance in reporting crimes of any nature. You are the extension of the Sheriff’s office and with your help, we can make Swain County a safer and better place to live.


To become a Sheriff’s Office of Integrity, Honesty, and Commitment and always accountable to the citizens of Swain County.


We are committed to protecting the public, reducing crime, and enhancing the lives of those in our communities.

Guiding Principles

We are dedicated to doing the right thing, in the right way and for the right reasons. We will accomplish this through:


We are bound to hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct. We will exemplify honesty and good character while gaining the trust of the communities. We will never allow politics to enter into the Swain County Sheriff’s Office.


We will show dignity, courtesy, and compassion to everyone.


We will treat everyone in a fair and impartial manner. We will respect and value cultural diversity and will be consistent in protecting the constitutional rights of everyone.

The new Swain County Law Enforcement Center is located on Hughes Branch across from the Ingles grocery store. The new jail houses up to 109 inmates. Both the Sheriff’s Office and Jail are housed in this building.

Anyone interested in a drug presentation for your church or organization can call the Sheriff’s office to schedule a time.

The Bryson City Police Department handles all calls inside the city limits. They can be reached through 911 dispatch or 828-488-3050. The Chief of Police is Charley Robinson.

The NC State Highway Patrol is responsible for traffic and vehicle accidents. Their phone is 828-488-2184 or 800-445-1772. The First Sergeant is Chris Wood.

Pistol purchase and concealed weapons permits are handled online.

For sex offender information, contact Captain Brian Kirkland or you can access the registry online at NC Find Offender.

For Victim Assistance contact the District Attorney’s office at 828-454-6510.

Video poker is illegal in all 100 counties in North Carolina.

Paid Ticket Information:

Q: If you paid the ticket after the scheduled hearing date, will your case will be defaulted?

Answer: For most cases, you must file a motion to set-aside the default; for Streets & Sanitation tickets only, if you paid before the hearing date, you may call the telephone number on the ticket for further assistance.


In an Emergency Call 911

Sheriff’s Office and Jail:
95 Brendle St.
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1398, Bryson City, NC 28713


Curtis Cochran – Sheriff
Jason Gardner – Chief Deputy
Janet Cochran – Administrative Assistant

Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday



Carolyn Posey

Gary Cloer

Dennis Elliott

Kevin Bryson

Andrew Bryant

Patrol Captains:

Brian Kirkland

Civil Process:

Crystal Barnes

School Resource Officers:

Michael Harrison

David Zalva

Allen Melvin

B.J. Taylor

Jail Administrators:

Leanna Arch

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