The Command Staff is comprised of 10 people that work closely with the Sheriff to oversee the day to day operations of each division. The command staff meets each week to discuss departmental concerns, policy and procedure, finance-oriented issues, public relations, and any matters concerning the safety and well-being of the citizens of Duplin County.
Chief Deputy Phil Humphrey
Chief Deputy Phil Humphrey began working with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a detention officer and also held assignments as a school resource officer, patrol deputy, undercover officer and detective. He was promoted to captain of investigations in November 2015 after serving 10 years as lieutenant in the same division. As captain, he oversees the criminal investigative division which incorporates the professional development section, crime scene investigations/evidence section and the criminal investigations section. In November 2018 he was promoted to Chief Deputy, he has over 20 years of investigative experience. Chief Deputy Humphrey has numerous hours of criminal investigation training, internal affairs investigations, and hostage negotiation training. He is a United States Army veteran having served in Operation Just Cause in Panama and also Desert Storm/Desert Shield in Iraq. He served as a sworn federal task force officer with US Homeland Security and Assistant Team Commander with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team. Chief Deputy Humphrey serves as the past president of the Eastern Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Executives. He also holds his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate issued through the NC Education and Training Standards Commission.
Captain M. A. Stevens
Special Operations Division
Captain M. A. Stevens received his Basic Law Enforcement Training from James Sprunt Community College in 1991. He began his law enforcement career as an auxiliary officer with the Roseboro Police Department while working alongside Sampson County Sheriff’s Office in the narcotics unit. In March 1993, he was hired as a deputy with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and was promoted to a narcotics detective two years later. In 1997, after working two years in the capacity of detective, he advanced to the rank of sergeant. Captain Stevens has served on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Customs Task Forces. He has worked several major cases with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Task Force and State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). He is a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). In 2002, he was promoted to lieutenant over the narcotics investigations unit. In 2003, Captain Stevens was nominated and runner-up for the Officer of the Year Award at the OCDETF state conference. In November 2011, he was transferred to the special crimes and criminal investigative division. In December 2015, he was reassigned as the lieutenant over the criminal investigative section’s day-to-day operations. In July 2016, he was promoted to Captain over Special Operations. Captain Stevens has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement with 14 of those years being served under the leadership of Sheriff Blake Wallace.
Captain Jason Brock
Uniform Patrol Division and School Resource Officers
Captain Jason Brock began his law enforcement career with the Beulaville Police Department as a patrol officer in 2001. In July 2003, he was hired by the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office as a full time patrol deputy. He was promoted to uniform patrol sergeant in 2004. In 2011, Captain Brock was promoted to first sergeant where his role changed along with administrative duties. He rose to the rank of lieutenant over the uniform patrol division in 2011. In July 2016, he was promoted to captain of the uniform patrol division. Captain Brock is enrolled in the Executive Management Program for Law Enforcement at Richmond Community College. He was awarded his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate issued through the NC Education and Training Standards Commission in March 2016. He is a member of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Captain Brock is also a United States Army veteran.
Captain Andrew Hanchey
Detention Center Division
Captain Hanchey was hired as a detention officer with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office in September 1994. In 1998, he was assigned to the court bailiff division and later that year to the patrol division. In addition to his patrol duties, Lieutenant Hanchey served on the DCSO Special Response Team from 1999 until 2009. In 2002, he was promoted to sergeant in the patrol division. Lieutenant Hanchey was transferred to the criminal investigative division and later assigned as the agency’s crime scene investigator. In 2009, he completed the North Carolina Justice Academy’s Crime Scene Investigators Certification Program. He was awarded his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification issued through the North Carolina Education and Training Standards Commission. In 2011, he was promoted to lieutenant in the criminal investigative division. In 2012, he was assigned to be the supervisor over the crime scene investigations/evidence division and arson investigations. In May of 2017 Lieutenant Hanchey was promoted to Captain over Detention where he is currently assigned. Captain Hanchey also served in the United States Navy during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Lieutenant Charles Weaver
Lieutenant Charles (Chuck) Weaver received an Associates Degree from James Sprunt Community College in 1994, from that he continued his education and received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in 1996. In November 1997, Lieutenant Weaver was hired as a full-time dispatcher for the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to deputy in July 1999 and was assigned to the courthouse as a bailiff. In October 1999, he transferred to the patrol division. In July 2003, he was promoted to a narcotics detective. In 2004, Lieutenant Weaver was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Task Force where he worked for two years. He was promoted to lieutenant of the patrol division in October 2006 where he worked for five years. In November 2011, he was transferred as the supervisor of the narcotics division. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. Lieutenant Weaver has been serving on the Special Response Team since 2000 and currently serves as the assistant commander. He received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate through the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission in September 2008.
Lieutenant Delmas Highsmith
Court Security Section
Lieutenant Delmas Highsmith began his career with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer. Throughout his twenty years of service, he has served as a school resource officer and court bailiff. In March 2006, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant overseeing civil and criminal court operations. In July 2007, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant supervising court sessions, transportation, and court security. Lieutenant Highsmith has numerous hours of local, state, and federal judicial court security training. He is also is a proud member of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.
Lieutenant Denise Mitchell
Detention Center Division
In November 1999, Lieutenant Mitchell began her career with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer. She attended James Sprunt Community College while working full time and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Lieutenant Mitchell was appointed shift leader in June 2004 and was promoted to jail administrator in 2007. In October 2009, she received a certificate from the North Carolina Jail Administration for completing the required courses at Rowan/Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She also received an award from the National Guard for Employee of the Year for recognizing armed services employees. Lieutenant Mitchell is a member of the North Carolina Jail Administrator Association and the American Jail Association. She is a lifetime member of the Criminal Justice Society Association.
Lieutenant Chris Smith
Special Operations Division
Lieutenant Christopher Smith began his career with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer in August 1994. He was transferred to the patrol division in 1995. In 1996, he was promoted to sergeant as a K-9 deputy in the narcotics unit and was later assigned as a detective in the narcotics unit. Lieutenant Smith was promoted to supervisor of the Duplin Interstate Criminal Enforcement (DICE) Team in April 2004. He is also a K-9 handler/supervisor. His K-9 partner is Asta, a Belgian Malinois. Lieutenant Smith is also a United States Marine Corps veteran and served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In July 2016 Lieutenant Smith was promoted over Special Operations Division where he currently supervised both DICE and the SOD
Captain Scott Kennedy
Professional Development Section
Captain Scott Kennedy supervises the professional development section with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office which incorporates professional standards, training and recruitment for the sheriff’s office. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He served on the Wrightsville Beach Police Department for a majority of his career as a patrol officer, detective, internal affairs investigator and as a supervisor before becoming a special agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). He was assigned to the Coastal District of North Carolina and also served as a SWAT member with the SBI Special Response Team. He was also assigned to a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He culminated his career with the SBI as an assistant special agent in charge in 2011. Lieutenant Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Mount Olive. He is also a certified law enforcement instructor for the state of North Carolina. He was also awarded Officer of the Year in 2000. In 2002, he was awarded the highest decoration of bravery in law enforcement, the Medal of Valor. He received the Director’s Award from the SBI in 2004. He was also awarded his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission in November 2004.
Lieutenant Mike Maready
Civil Division/Uniform Patrol Division
Lt. Mike Maready supervises the Civil Division and the Uniform Patrol Division at Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. He has 26 years of experience in the law enforcement field beginning his career in 1992 with the Division of Prisons and with the Division of Adult Probation and Parole before joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2012. Lt. Maready has held the positions of Uniform Patrol Deputy and Uniform Patrol Sergeant before being promoted to his current position in January 2018. He also serves as a Field Training Officer. Lt. Maready is enrolled in the Executive Management Program for Law Enforcement at Richmond Community College. He was selected as Duplin Rotary Club’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2015.