Richie Simmons, Sheriff


Sheriff Simmons

Richie Simmons has spent his entire adult life serving the community as a law enforcement officer and citizen. He began his career in 1986 as a police officer with the Mount Airy Police Department where he also served as a joint SWAT team member with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.

After five years of service, Richie decided that it was time to transition into another role and became a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He arrived in Davidson County in 1991 with little other than his faith and his desire to make an impact on the community around him. Nevertheless, during his 24 year career with the Highway Patrol, he established a reputation for his tenacious and proactive style of policing as well as for his unwavering integrity. In 2015, Richie retired from law enforcement as a sergeant with the Highway Patrol. Over the course of his career, he has acquired experience through the investigation of crimes ranging from misdemeanor traffic violations to felonious homicides.

Law Enforcement Experience

  • 2018 – Present: Member, Carolinas Cold Case Coalition
  • 2016 – Present: Part-Time Officer, Denton Police Department
  • 2013 – 2015: Sergeant Troop E District 4, Winston-Salem NCSHP
  • 1997 – 2013: Master Trooper, Troop E District 1, Lexington NCSHP
  • 1994 – 1997: Senior Trooper, Troop E District 1, Lexington NCSHP
  • 1991 – 1994: Trooper, Troop E District 1, Lexington NCSHP
  • 1989 – Present: Instructor, Community College System for Law Enforcement
  • 1986 – 1991: Patrol Officer / SWAT Team, Mount Airy Police Department, Surry County Sheriff’s Office

Education

  • 2013: Active Shooter Awareness School, Winston-Salem State University
  • 2006: Completed Anti -Terrorism Awareness School, New Mexico Tech
  • 2006: Completed ARIDE School N. C. State Highway Patrol Training Academy
  • 2005: Completed National Management System School, Federal Emergency Management Institute
  • 1996: Completed Executive Protection training given by the N. C. State Highway Patrol Academy
  • 1995: Completed Field Training Officer School, N.C. State Highway Patrol Training Academy
  • 1991: Graduated the 87th Basic State Highway Patrol School, N.C. State Highway Patrol Training Academy
  • 1990: Completed Physical Fitness Certified Instructor Training, NC Training and Standards
  • 1990: Completed Defensive Tactics Certified Instructor Training, NC Training and Standards
  • 1989: Completed Radar, Speed Measurement, and Lidar Certified instructor Training, NC Training and Standards
  • 1989: Completed General Instructor Training, NC Training and Standards
  • 1985: Graduated Surry Community College with an AA Degree in Criminal Justice
  • 1983: Graduated North Surry High School, Mount Airy, NC

Community Relations

  • 2017 – Present: Active Board Member, Thomasville Crime Stoppers
  • 2016 – Present: Active Board Member, United Way of Davidson County
  • 2014 – Present: Active Board Member, Fair Grove Fire Department
  • 2011 – Present: N.C. BLET Instructor, Davidson County Community College
  • 2010 – Present: Present Active Member and Board Member, Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church
  • 2007 – Present: Head Of Security Team at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church 
  • 1992 – Present: Meals On Wheels of Davidson County Volunteer
  • 1987 – Present: Member of the YMCA Tom A. Finch, Thomasville, NC