Welcome To Swain County

Sheriff Department and Jail

Image of a Swain County patrol car.

Sheriff's Mission: To Serve, Protect and Defend

COVID-19 Information and resources

Our county is one of the largest east of the Mississippi. The cornerstone of our success will always be our people – the women and men who each day deliver on our pledge to serve and protect.

The Swain County Sheriff's office asks for your assistance in reporting crimes of any nature. You are the extension of the Sheriff's office and with your help we can make Swain County a safer and better place to live.

To become a Sheriff's Office of Integrity, Honesty and Commitment and always accountable to the citizens of Swain County.

We are committed to protecting the public, reducing crime and enhancing the lives of those in our communities.

Guiding Principles
We are dedicated to doing the right thing, in the right way and for the right reasons. We will accomplish this through:

We are bound to hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct. We will exemplify honesty and good character while gaining the trust of the communities. We will never allow politics to enter into the Swain County Sheriff's Office.

We will show dignity, courtesy and compassion to everyone.

We will treat everyone in a fair and impartial manner. We will respect and value cultural diversity and will be consistent in protecting the constitutional rights of everyone.


Sheriff's Office and Jail
95 Brendle Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1398
Bryson City, NC 28713

In an Emergency Call 911

Curtis Cochran
Jason Gardner
Chief Deputy
Janet Cochran
Administrative Assistant
Dawn Zalva
Phone 828-488-0159
Fax 828-488-0481

Carolyn Posey
Gary Cloer
Brian Leopard
Charlie Robinson
Chad Case

Patrol Captians
Brian Kirkland

Civil Process
Bill Waldroup

School Resource Officers
Michael Harrison
David Zalva
Allen Melvin
Renee Renfroe

Jail Administrators
Richard Posey

Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday