BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE
SHERIFF GARY BANKS
Sheriff Gary Banks began working for the Yancey County Sheriff's Office in January 1982 at the age of 17. His job, at the time, was a part-time minimum wage job as a janitor and has ascended the ranks to serve as Sheriff. During his 8 and a half years as Sheriff he has assembled from within the ranks of his Office, a Command Staff of 5 Senior Deputies with a total of 98 years of proven experience and each one holding Advance Certificates in their respective fields of expertise. This is in addition to his 33 years experience and leadership.
His Law Enforcement career began in the fall of 1982, when Sheriff Banks started as a part-time Dispatcher and Detention Officer working the night shift. He also attended college as a full-time student. In the summer of 1983, he was promoted to full-time day shift as a Dispatcher and Detention Officer. The Sheriff then received training from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI) and received a Police Information Network (PIN) Certification. Later that same year he was given responsibility for updating and maintaining the Sheriff's Office and Jail files and logs. He was also appointed the liaison with the NC SBI Division of Criminal Information (DCI) for Training and updating the Communications office.
In 1985 at the age of 20 and with 2 years experience, the Sheriff completed Basic Law Enforcement Technology (BLET) at Mayland Technical College. After graduating with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 he received his General Certification through the North Carolina Sheriff's Training and Standards Division. He was then promoted to the rank of Deputy Sheriff and worked patrol, civil process, warrants, basic investigation and answered all calls for service. Sheriff Banks worked as a Patrol Deputy for Yancey County until the end of 1986 when Sheriff Kermit Banks narrowly lost his re-election bid for Sheriff.
For 4 years, 1987 through 1990, Sheriff Banks worked part-time as a Reserve Deputy for Sheriff Dedrick Brown of Madison County and returned to College to further his Criminal Justice education.
In December 1990, Sheriff Kermit Banks was Re-Elected as Yancey County Sheriff. Sheriff Gary Banks returned to the Yancey County Sheriff's Office as a night shift Deputy supervising his assigned shift.
In 1991 Sheriff Banks attended DARE Officer Training (DOT) with the North Carolina Department of Justice. He taught the DARE curriculum to kids in all of Yancey County’s elementary and middle schools for over 10 years touching the lives of many of our young people in the County.
In the fall of 1993, with 6 years experience, he was promoted to the rank of Detective. This job consisted of investigating misdemeanor and felony crimes, interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects, processing crime scenes, following up on incident reports, prepared and serving search warrants, researching background records and files, arranging polygraphs for suspects, preparing prosecution reports for the District Attorney, making arrests and appearing and testifying in court. During this time he received specialized training in Interview and Interrogation, Basic Investigations, Photography, Arson, Crime Scenes, Child Sex Abuse, Report Writing, and Court Procedures. The Sheriff has investigated, solved, arrested suspects and helped convict hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases including Breaking and Entering, Illicit Drug Abuse, Assault, Rape, Child Sex Abuse, Domestic Violence, Fraud and Murder Cases.
After serving as Detective for 2 years, In 1995 Sheriff Banks was promoted to Chief-Deputy and served in that capacity for 15 years. While working as Chief Deputy he assisted in bringing the Sheriff's Office into the 21st century with the aid of advanced law enforcement techniques, modern technology and the addition of grant-funded staff and equipment. Since assuming his Chief Deputy duties in 1995, Sheriff Banks has been involved in all administrative aspects of this Office. He has supervised command personnel, prepared budgets, developed strategic plans and policies for 23 years. As Chief-Deputy he wrote and received millions of dollars in grant funding for the Sheriff's Office and Yancey County.
On December 31, 2009, Sheriff Kermit Banks retired as Sheriff. Sheriff Gary Banks was appointed Sheriff in January 2010 to finish out the un-expired 2006-2010 term and was subsequently elected Sheriff in November 2010.
Numerous advancements have been made in the Sheriff's Office efficiency and operation, with the goal of reducing costs and saving taxpayer money, while still providing the highest level of safety and service to the residents of Yancey County.
Sheriff Banks has been diligent in maintaining his training and certifications. He has continually kept his Law Enforcement Certification active and in good standing for over 33 years. During his career, he has been trained and certified in all aspects of Law Enforcement including Executive Leadership, Management, Supervision, Homicide Investigation, Arson Investigation, Child Abuse Investigation, Drug Interdiction, Special Weapons and Tactics, Major Case Investigations, Interview and Interrogations, Arrest, Search and Seizure Law, Incident Command, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Domestic Terrorism.
The Sheriff is a 2011 North Carolina Sheriffs' Leadership Institute Graduate. The Sheriffs' Leadership Institute consists of four, one-week training programs conducted over a period of two years. The first two weeks provided specific, technical skills necessary to assume the Office of Sheriff. The second two weeks were designed for sheriffs to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the leadership and management of the Sheriff's Office. This Institute is a national model and provided leadership and technical training, specifically designed for sheriffs like no other training in the United States. As one of the Senior Sheriffs in the state, he has been asked to teach in the upcoming 2018 Sheriffs Leadership Institute Class.
With the Sheriff's 33 years of experience, he has been ask or appointed to serve on several local, regional and state boards. He serves on the State of North Carolina Law Enforcement Safe Schools Committee, Joint In-service Training Committee, Sheriffs' In-service Training Committee, Sheriff's Association Legislative Committee, Sheriff's Association Sergeant at Arms Committee, Mayland Community College Advisory Committee for BLET, Mayland Community College Law Enforcement In-service training Committee, Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council,
In his community the Sheriff serves the Children's Advocacy Center of Yancey County and is Ordained as a Deacon for Cane River Baptist Church Deacon Board.
PROVEN LEADERSHIP and VALUED EXPERIENCE