Chief Deputy Stephen L. Pace graduated from West Davidson High School in 1986 then graduated from Davidson County Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1989. He started his career with the Lexington Police Department in 1989 and recently retired from The North Carolina State Highway Patrol at the rank of First Sergeant.
While on at the police department, he was on patrol the majority of his time and was a member of the Special Operations Unit. While on the Highway patrol, he served as a road trooper from 2000-2008, then he was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2008 and was assigned to Gaston County. He later transferred to Rowan/Davie County then served Davidson County as a sergeant from 2009-2015. He was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant in 2015 and was assigned to Chatham/Lee County. He transferred to Rowan County in June of 2016 and remained there until he retired on May 1st, 2018.
Chief Deputy Pace has attended several leadership schools throughout his 30 years of service including NCSHP First Line Supervisor, A.O.M.P. (N.C. State University) and F.B.I. LEEDA. He was sworn in on December 3rd, 2018 as The Chief Deputy with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.