Chief Deputy

Chief Deputy Ashley Thompson

Chief Deputy Ashley Thompson joined the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2018 after 30 years as a law enforcement officer with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.

Chief Thompson’s first assignment was in Granville, Person, and Durham Counties after his graduation from the 28-week training academy. He was then stationed in Chatham, Randolph, and Lee County, where he worked for over 10 years. Then Chief Deputy Thompson then returned to Stanly County; the county in which he was raised, to further his career and from where he also retired as a Sergeant.

Chief Deputy Thompson received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Pfeiffer University. During his career, he received various recognitions from organizations and communities in which he worked, including Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, being a nominee for the Governor’s Award, and receiving his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification through the North Carolina Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.  From 1999 through 2017, he was the Hunter Education and Safety Program Coordinator for Stanly County, where he enjoyed mentoring and teaching hunting safety, sportsmanship, and shooting skills to local, middle, and high school students.

Thompson holds extensive certifications and specializations. He is a certified CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens Instructor with the American Heart Association and is Emergency Medical Technician certified. He also is an instructor in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at Stanly Community College and Montgomery Community College; holding specialized teaching certification in Explosives, Haz-Mat, Physical Fitness, and First Responder. He is a Swift Water Rescue Instructor, is  FEMA Incident  Command System trained, and is Fire Fighter 1 certified.

Chief Thompson, his wife of 30 years, Micki, live in Albemarle. They have two children and are proud grandparents of two boys.