Pittsboro, NC – On Friday, May 20, Chatham County Commissioners made the unanimous decision to appoint Chief Deputy Mike Roberson as the new Sheriff of Chatham County following the retirement of Sheriff Richard Webster. On Wednesday, May 25, Sheriff Roberson took his Oath of Office alongside his fellow Sheriff’s Office employees.
During the Oath of Office ceremony, NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall administered Sheriff Roberson’s oath while NC Senator Valerie Foushee administered the oath to all deputies. The Detention Officer and civilian employee oath was administered by NC Representative Robert Reives, Jr. Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin presented retired Sheriff Webster with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, a prestigious award conferred by NC Governor Pat McCrory.
Webster also proudly presented Sheriff Roberson with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office flag following his Oath of Office, symbolizing the transfer of command.
“Mike Roberson has been an influential leader and trusted member of the Sheriff’s Office family for many years,” commented Webster. “We have an amazing law enforcement team and I am confident that Sheriff Roberson will continue to make positive changes and do great things for Chatham County.”
Sheriff Mike Roberson is no stranger to public service. As a Chatham County native, he cares deeply for its residents and culture. He previously worked as a paramedic and fire fighter before transitioning into law enforcement. Roberson now has over 24 years in law enforcement and has served Chatham County for nearly 14 of those years. Roberson earned the respect and admiration of Sheriff Richard H. Webster and served as his Chief Deputy for the last 3 years.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Sheriff of Chatham County,” Roberson humbly stated. “The men and women of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office truly enjoy serving the community. We will continue to hire top notch public servants to ensure high quality service to the community.”
Sheriff Roberson acknowledged that he owes much of his success to the love and support of his family and friends.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my beautiful wife, Annette,” commented Sheriff Roberson. “Marrying her was the best decision I’ve ever made. We met in first grade and now we’ve been married for 30 years. I’ve lived a blessed life, and serving as Sheriff of Chatham County is one more blessing to add to the list.”
Sheriff Roberson noted that he will not take his new position lightly and accepts that there will be positive aspects as well as challenges ahead. He stressed the importance of teamwork and surrounding himself with good counselors. With every forward and upward movement, Roberson says, Chatham County deputies will be extending hands to help others following behind.
“Our goal is to set an example. No one is perfect, but we always focus on continual improvement. It is part of our vision for a brighter future. As our staff members grow in their leadership roles, our level of service continues to improve,” says Roberson.