Sheriff names Strickland as first female major

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Miste Strickland


Staff Writer

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Nash County Sheriff's Office has promoted its first woman to the rank of major.

Miste Strickland is the first female and first member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina to attain the rank of major in the history of the sheriff’s office.

“I am excited for the new challenge and look forward to working with Sheriff Keith Stone, the command staff, our employees and the community to take the Nash County Sheriff’s Office to the next level in policing," Strickland said.

Stone said Strickland did a remarkable job during the promotion process.

"Her training, education and open mind have paid off," Stone said. “I'm very proud to serve with her. She adds diversity to the sheriff's office, but it's a 100 percent earned position."

Strickland’s civilian education includes a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology from UNC-Pembroke. She obtained a master's degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix and is set this year to complete a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisville.

Community policing cannot be accomplished by law enforcement alone, Strickland said.

"It is the responsibility of each citizen to help keep Nash County safe and with strong community relationships, we will continue to build upon serving our citizens with honor, diligence and compassion," Strickland said.

A 10-year Army paratrooper, Strickland began her career with the sheriff's office in 1997.

During her tenure, Strickland has served as a school resource officer; a narcotics, juvenile and major case investigator; a patrol deputy, sergeant and lieutenant; and an investigative lieutenant.

Strickland successfully completed the 138th Administrative Officers Course Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program via the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

Strickland has earned the N.C. Law Enforcement Advanced Certificate; the N.C. Advanced Service Award; the American Legion State, District and National Level Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award for 2013; a Hero Award from Bailey’s Jewelry Store in 2016; and various commendation letters.

Strickland volunteers a lot of her time in service-related community organizations including the American Legion Post 110 in Nashville. She's an active member of Stony Hill FWB Church and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House, Meals-on-Wheels, Nash County Sheriff’s Christmas, My Sister’s House fundraisers and collects hotel toiletries for the homeless and elderly population.

Strickland received her promotion after an independent review by a panel of assessors consisting of Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes; retired police chief Willie Williams; State Highway Patrol Maj. Freddy Johnson; SBI Special Agent-in-Charge Brent Culbertson; and community member Hubert Pope.

Stone said the assessor panel was made up of the elite in local and state law enforcement.

"I'm very proud of the promotion process," Stone said. "Our former chief Willie Williams was on the panel. He has been a part of these things in so many places. Anyone Chief Williams recommends I trust is right for the job."

The assessors commented on all of the candidate’s professional character and mental preparedness.

The promotion process evaluated each candidate’s performance during an oral board and in-box exercise while reviewing civilian education, time in service and military discharges.

"After totaling the overall points, we were very pleased to announce Miste Strickland as being promoted as the next Nash County Sheriff’s Office major," Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said.