Meet The Sheriff
Sheriff Blake Wallace was born on May 24, 1966 in Pitt County, North Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1988. After graduation, he worked as an agent with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division assigned to Duplin County before resigning that position in 1990 to return to school. In 1992, he graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, with a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and that same year became a special agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assigned to Randolph County.
In 1995, Sheriff Wallace requested and received a transfer back to Duplin County and was assigned as the resident criminal agent assisting local law enforcement agencies investigating homicides, serious assaults and public corruption cases.
In 2002, he was elected sheriff of Duplin County. Subsequently he was re-elected to the Office of Sheriff in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Sheriff Wallace is the second member of the Wallace family to serve as sheriff of Duplin County. In 1868, Bland Wallace was elected sheriff and would hold that office for 15 years which at the time was the longest tenure of any sheriff in the history of Duplin County. Bland Wallace was the brother of Blake’s great, great grandfather Joseph Fennell Wallace, who served as a Duplin County commissioner from 1898 to 1899. In addition, their younger brother, David Hugh Wallace, served as Duplin County Clerk of Superior Court from 1903-1918. The Wallace family has deep roots in Duplin County, settling in the area in the late 1790’s.
Sheriff Wallace is involved in several civic organizations. He serves as a founding member of the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement that raises money and funds for projects and programs whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of life of children in Duplin County. He served as chairman of the Wallace Train Depot Restoration Committee and as past chairman of Carolina East Home Care and Hospice. He served as chairman of the Wallace Depot Commission and is a member of the annual Duplin County Sheriff’s Ball committee. He is a Master Mason and member of Wallace Lodge 279, a past member of Rotary and served on the James Sprunt Community College Board of Trustees. He is a life member of the Association of Citadel Men. He and his family are members of Wallace Presbyterian Church.