About Tim Wright

My name is Tim Wright and I am running for the office of Sheriff of Polk County. I am a native of Polk County, where I grew up in Lynn and currently reside in the Columbus Township. 

I attended Tryon Elementary School and graduated from Tryon High School in 1989. I enlisted into the United States Navy after high school and served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I was stationed in Norfolk Virginia aboard the USS Mount Whitney. During my time in the Navy, I visited Nova Scotia, England, Norway (2), Germany, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, St. Thomas, Nassau Bahamas, San Diego Ca., Fort Lauderdale Fl., Mayport Fl., New York, and Boston. I left the United States Navy at the end of my enlistment with an honorable discharge. 

I obtained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Isothermal Community College. I obtained my Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services from Gardner Webb University. I completed my Master’s Degree in Justice Administration through Methodist University in December 2017. 

My law enforcement career began in October of 1994 with the Tryon Police Department as a Police Officer assigned to patrol. During my tenure at the Tryon Police Department I’ve had the pleasure of attending several schools and have achieved various awards, commendations, and achievements including: Completing the Criminal Investigators Certificate Program through the North Carolina Justice Academy, Basic Clandestine Laboratory Investigator, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents, Basic SWAT, Basic Instructor Course, and Advanced Firearms Instructor Course. Awards include: Officer of the Year, Law Enforcement Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Region C Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Citation, Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission, and Life Saving Award. 

While serving as an officer with the Tryon Police Department, I began as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks of Corporal to Sergeant to Lieutenant and currently serve as the Captain. I have also served as the Tryon Police Department’s field training officer and field training supervisor, overseeing the development, revisions, and implementation of the field training program.  I also served as a member of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office SRT (Special Response Team), as a “Breacher”. I have been lead investigator in murder, rape, and drug investigations. I have also worked side by side with Federal, State, and local agencies both inside and outside of Polk County investigating various crimes leading to numerous convictions at the Federal and local levels. 

I am currently a Captain with the Tryon Police Department where I investigate criminal activity, oversee the evidence room, submit evidence to the North Carolina Crime Lab, submit evidence to and work with the District Attorney’s Office in prosecuting crimes charged, and am the agency in-service coordinator. 

I am a specialized firearms instructor and also teach in-service training to officers throughout Polk County. I graduated from the 2014-2015 session of the distinguished Law Enforcement Executive Program through North Carolina State University.  I also teach law enforcement in-service training courses, Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course, and Criminal Justice classes for those seeking their associate degrees from Isothermal Community College. I’ve been blessed over the past several years, with the opportunity to teach these Criminal Justice classes to local students at Polk County High School. 

 I feel that training and experience plays a vital role in being a leader of an agency. I take this opportunity very seriously vying for the position of the top law enforcement official of Polk County. I want to represent the citizens of Polk County to the best of my ability and have worked throughout my career trying to prepare myself to become an effective leader. I have trained for this position starting with my military career continuing until completing my Master’s Degree in Justice Administration through Methodist University and all the courses in between.  

Guiding Principles


Citizens and Employees should be proud of THEIR Sheriff's Office. Taking pride in the work that we do each day, will ensure that the citizens of Polk County receive the best possible law enforcement services and protection that they deserve.


Citizens and Employees of the Sheriff's Office should have a public office that they can regard with great respect and privilege.  Holding all partners accountable and providing for public trust and confidence in the Office of the Sheriff will create a sense of pride and honor among the citizens and employees.


Law Enforcement Officers should act with the highest morals at all times, no matter who is watching. This level of integrity should be the standard we thrive for at all times, in all situations, and in all decisions.


Appearance, knowledge, and competency are all required traits of a Law Enforcement Officer. All of these traits combine to ensure a professional image.  The citizens of Polk County deserve a law enforcement presence which displays the highest level of professionalism at all times.


No one should be held to a different standard than any other person, whether they are an employee or a citizen.  By holding ourselves, and each other accountable for all actions, we will bring back a level of respect, integrity, pride, and professionalism to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The "Wright Choice" for Polk County


Tim Wright is a Polk County native, working tirelessly to make our home a better place. He grew up here, has worked here his entire life, and is raising his family to be proud of where they are from.


Tim brings 24 years of law enforcement experience to the role of Sheriff. This experience ranges from patrol operations, special operations, investigations ranging from property crimes, and crimes against persons, to large scale drug investigations.


Tim graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) in 1994, became a law enforcement instructor several years later, graduated from Isothermal Community College with an A.S. in Criminal Justice, Gardner-Webb University with a B.S. in Human Services, and will graduate from Methodist University with an M.S. in Justice Administration this December.

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