Welcome To Swain County

Sheriff Department and Jail

Image of Swain County patrol car.


Sheriff's Mission: To Serve, Protect and Defend

The new Swain County Law Enforcement Center is located on Hughes Branch across from the Ingles grocery store. The new jail houses up to 109 inmates. Both the Sheriff's Office and Jail are housed in this building.

Anyone interested in a drug presentation for your church or organization can call the Sheriff's office to schedule a time.

The Bryson City Police Department handles all calls inside the city limits. They can be reached through 911 dispatch or 828-488-3050. The Chief of Police is Greg Jones.

The NC State Highway Patrol is responsible for traffic and vehicle accidents. Their phone is 828-488-2184 or 800-445-1772. The First Sergeant is Chris Wood.

Pistol purchase and concealed weapons permits are handled on-line or by the Administrative Assistant Janet Cochran, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. All permits are reviewed by the Sheriff for either approval or denial.

For sex offender information, contact Captain Brian Kirkland or you can access the registry online at www.ncfindoffender.com

For Victim Assistance contact the District Attorney's office at 828-454-6510.

Video poker is illegal in all 100 counties in North Carolina.


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