David S. Grice, sheriff

Sheriff David Grice in uniform in front of American flag

David Smith Grice, a lifelong resident of Davidson County, has held the office of High Sheriff since his appointment in 2004. Prior to his appointment and subsequent election, Sheriff Grice, initially sworn in as law enforcement officer with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office and the Denton Police Department in 1971, was also a 30 year member of the criminal justice division faculty at Davidson County Community College. Sheriff Grice was awarded a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte in 1990. Under his direction, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office has enhanced innovative and effective crime deterrent programs, and developed effective partnerships with all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies who serve the citizens of Davidson County.

Law Enforcement Experience:

  • June 2004 to Present - Sheriff of Davidson County
  • 1974 to 2004 - Instructor Criminal Justice, Associate Degree Program, Davidson County Community College
  • 1974 to Present - Denton Police Reserves, Current rank of Major
  • 1984 - Interim Police Chief of Denton
  • 1971 to 1974 - Davidson County Sheriff's Office - Deputy, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant


  • 1968 - Graduate of Denton High School
  • 1970 - Graduate of Davidson County Community College - Associate in Applied Science degree in Police Science
  • 1972 - Graduate of University of North Carolina at Charlotte - Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration
  • 1975 to Present - General Instructor, Basic Law Enforcement Training certified by the N.C. Training and Standards Commission
  • 1985 to 2016 - Specialized Instructors certificate in Law Enforcement Drivers Training, certified by the N.C. Training and Standards Commission
  • 1990 - Graduate, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice
  • 2008 - Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, N.C. Sheriff's Education Training and Standards Commission (Highest certification possible in NC)

Other experience from 1970 to the present:

  • Hundreds of hours of in-service and mandated training including firearms, defensive tactics, domestic violence, gangs and special populations
  • Supervision for Law Enforcement (80 Hours, 1973)
  • DEA Narcotics Investigations (55 hours, 1970)
  • Specialized Law Enforcement Instructor Training (40 hours, 1985)
  • In North Carolina, Sheriffs are not required to attent yearly mandated and in-service training and firearms qualifications. Sheriff Grice does attend all in-service and is qualified on two hand guns, shotgun and patrol rifle.