RONNIE T. INGRAM
Sheriff of Lenoir County
Ronnie T. Ingram was elected by the citizens of Lenoir County to serve as Sheriff in November 2014. Ingram won overwhelming victories in both the May democratic primary and November general elections beating out centendors to gain the job of the "highest law enforcement officer" in Lenoir County. Sheriff Ingram officially took office on December 1, 2014 in a public ceremony held in the Lenoir County Superior Court room.
Sheriff Ingram is a Lenoir County native, raised in the Deep Run area of Lenoir County. His adult life has been dedicated to serving the citizens of Lenoir County to assure their safety during his 30 year law enforcement career. During his years of service, he became known to the public as a respected law enforcment officer who was firm in his tactics when it was required, but fair to everyone that he dealt with. He is retired from the Kinston Department of Public Safety where he served in many roles retiring as a Major.
Sheriff Ingram's has set many goals for this agency, but has assured that the main priority is to ensure that his office and deputies treat the citizes we serve with respect, professionalism and integrity. He believes in multi-agency cooperation with other law enforcement, the district attorney's office and citizen groups to help lower crime in Lenoir County. Based on his standards, the Sheriff's Office strives each day to assure our procedures are in accordance with new technology and standards in law enforcement.
Major Ryan Dawson
Major Dawson is the Chief Deputy for Lenoir County and he is responsible for all administrative and business procedures of the Sheriff's Office. He oversees the other operational divisions that are led by Captains of the Sheriff's Office.
Major Ryan Dawson began his career with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office in 2003 and worked his way through many assignments including detention officer, court bailiff, patrol deputy, field training officer, detective, SRT Operator and Sergeant of CCRT. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Appalachian State University in Criminal Justice, completed an internship with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and served as the class president of his BLET class at Lenoir Community College. In 2014, Major Dawson graduated from the Law Enforcement Executive Program at NC State University.
Major Dawson has been awarded the Medal of Valor, Law Enforcement Purple Heart and his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the NC Sheriff's Education, Training and Standards Commission. He has also been chosen as the recipient of the Kinston Free Press Top "20 under 40", NC Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the Year Award, Woodman of the World Honor and Valor award, a commendation from North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue and was chosen at the 2019 Wheat Swamp Ruitian Citizen of the Year. Major Dawson is a Lenoir County native and third generation deputy sheriff for Lenoir County following the footsteps of his grandfather and father.
Contact Major Dawson (252) 559-6101 r