About Sheriff TIM Wright

Additional Information

Tim Wright was elected by the citizens of Polk County to serve as Sheriff in November 2018.  He is a native of Polk County, raised in Lynn and currently resides in the Columbus Township. 

He attended Tryon Elementary School and graduated from Tryon High School in 1989. Sheriff Wright enlisted in the United States Navy after high school and served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia aboard the USS Mount Whitney and was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment.


Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology - Isothermal Community College.

Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services  - Gardner Webb University.

Master’s Degree in Justice Administration - Methodist University, December 2017. 


Began in October of 1994 with the Tryon Police Department as a Police Officer assigned to patrol. During his tenure at the Tryon Police Department he attended several schools and have achieved various awards, commendations, and achievements including: Completing the Criminal Investigators Certificate Program through the North Carolina Justice Academy, Basic Clandestine Laboratory Investigator, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents, Basic SWAT, Basic Instructor Course, and Advanced Firearms Instructor Course. 

Awards include: Officer of the Year, Law Enforcement Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Region C Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Citation, Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission, and Life Saving Award. 

While serving as an officer with the Tryon Police Department, Sheriff Wright was promoted through the ranks of Corporal to Sergeant to Lieutenant and finally as Captain. He also served as the department’s field training officer and field training supervisor, overseeing the development, revisions, and implementation of the field training program.  

He was a member of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office SRT (Special Response Team), as a “Breacher”.  He also has been lead investigator in murder, rape, and drug investigations and worked side by side with Federal, State, and local agencies both inside and outside of Polk County investigating various crimes leading to numerous convictions at the Federal and local levels. 

Sheriff Wright is a specialized firearms instructor and taught in-service training to officers throughout Polk County. He graduated from the 2014-2015 session of the distinguished Law Enforcement Executive Program through North Carolina State University.  He also taught Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) courses and Criminal Justice classes for those seeking their associate degrees from Isothermal Community College and also to local students at Polk County High School. 

Guiding Principles


Citizens and Employees should be proud of THEIR Sheriff's Office. Taking pride in the work that we do each day, will ensure that the citizens of Polk County receive the best possible law enforcement services and protection that they deserve.


Citizens and Employees of the Sheriff's Office should have a public office that they can regard with great respect and privilege.  Holding all partners accountable and providing for public trust and confidence in the Office of the Sheriff will create a sense of pride and honor among the citizens and employees.


Law Enforcement Officers should act with the highest morals at all times, no matter who is watching. This level of integrity should be the standard we thrive for at all times, in all situations, and in all decisions.


 Appearance, knowledge, and competency are all required traits of a Law Enforcement Officer. All of these traits combine to ensure a professional image.  The citizens of Polk County deserve a law enforcement presence which displays the highest level of professionalism at all times. 


No one should be held to a different standard than any other person, whether they are an employee or a citizen.  By holding ourselves, and each other accountable for all actions, we will bring back a level of respect, integrity, pride, and professionalism to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.