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The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners selected Chipp Bailey as Sheriff in February, 2008 and citizens overwhelmingly elected him to the position in November 2010.

Sheriff Bailey’s law enforcement career began with the Mecklenburg County Police in 1972. After resigning in 1975 to attend graduate school in South Carolina, he returned to Charlotte in 1977 to work for the Centralina Council of Governments as a Criminal Justice Planner. Rehired by the Mecklenburg County Police in 1982 as a Crime and Budget Analyst, Chipp was later promoted to Administrative Officer for the Chief of Police. In the early 1990s, when the Mecklenburg County Police and Charlotte Police Departments merged, Bailey supervised the new agency’s Planning and Research Unit until joining Sheriff Jim Pendergraph as Chief Deputy Sheriff in 1994.

Sheriff Bailey is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the largest sheriff’s office in North and South Carolina. His duties include the following tasks: overseeing a jail system housing an average daily population of approximately 2,200 inmates, providing security for the one million plus visitors to the County’s courthouse each year, ensuring timely service of over 100,000 civil and criminal papers each year, receiving and booking close to 45,000 arrestees each year, registering and monitoring over 900 sex offenders, and issuing gun purchase and concealed weapon permits.

His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pfeiffer University and a Masters of Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina. A native Charlottean, Chipp and his wife, Sharon, have two sons.