150 Government Drive
Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 438-5500
FAX (828) 764-9543


Serving the Communities of Burke County with Satellite Offices



202 S. Center St.

(828) 397-4600


Rutherford College

910 Malcolm Blvd.

(828) 874-3400

Connelly Springs

1030 US HWY 70

(828) 879-2326

Lake James

3222 NC HWY 126

(828) 584-0840

Jonas Ridge

8224 Buckeye Hollow Rd.

(828) 733-1596


Burke County Sheriff's Department


Steve E. Whisenant

As Sheriff, I have two core values for the Burke County Sheriff's Office - Professionalism and Integrity. My priorities, are to serve every Burke County citizen with the very best employees, training, and technology possible.

Since my appointment as Sheriff June 1, 2011, I’ve had the privilege to lead and work alongside a dedicated group of employees who have a passion to serve and protect Burke County.

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