John W. Ingram, V is the elected Sheriff of Brunswick County, North Carolina. Sheriff Ingram began serving the citizens of Brunswick County in 1991 and has served as Sheriff since 2008. Sheriff Ingram is married to Michelle Ingram and is the proud father and grandfather to four sons and four grandsons.
During Sheriff Ingram’s tenure, numerous innovative programs have been implemented. The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy was created to educate the citizens of Brunswick County about the capabilities and operational responsibilities of the agency. This program ultimately led to the creation of the Sheriff’s Volunteer Program in 2010. The Volunteer Program has grown to support nearly every aspect of the Sheriff’s Office and has been recognized internationally for its proactive approach. With over 300 active members, this service has saved Brunswick County taxpayers millions of dollars. The Anchor Initiative was created to address the increasing addiction crisis by connecting people suffering from addiction with available treatment services. Since inception in 2017, the Anchor Initiative has served more than 276 people funded solely by donations. Most recently in July 2018, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as a nationally accredited agency by CALEA, the sixth Sheriff’s Office in the state to achieve this award.
Sheriff Ingram served as President of the NCSA from 2019-2020, Chairman from 2020-2021 and is currently serving on the NCSA Executive Committee and will continue to serve on the North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission which governs certifications of all deputies, detention officers and telecommunicators. From 2020-2021, Sheriff Ingram was appointed to serve on Governor Cooper’s North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. This task force was developed to assist with the implementation of solutions that will eliminate disparate outcomes in the criminal justice system to communities of color. In March 2021, Sheriff Ingram was appointed by Chief Justice Paul Newby as the Sheriff member of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Fairness and Equity. This commission was created by an order of the Supreme Court of NC in October 2020 and is charged with making recommendations “to reduce and ultimately disparate treatment, impact and outcomes in the North Carolina judicial system.”
Locally, Sheriff Ingram is actively involved in organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation and supports numerous fundraising efforts for the community and local schools.
Sheriff Ingram and his family currently reside in Bolivia, where they enjoy spending time outdoors. He is honored to serve the great citizens of Brunswick County.