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 guiding principles for the Burke County Sheriff's Office; Professionalism and Integrity. My priorities, in our current economic environment, are to enhance our utilization of technology and to encourage proactivity as we strive to find the most efficient and effective ways to serve the citizens of Burke County.

Fortunately, since my appointment as Sheriff June 1, 2011, I have discovered a dedicated group of employees whom I am looking forward to working alongside as Burke County Sheriff.

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