Brian “Bubba” Whitehurst serves as one of two administrative lieutenants in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.


Lt. Whitehurst grew up in both Orange and Wake Counties. A graduate of Garner High School, he completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at Wake Technical Community College in 1996, following his father (North Carolina State Highway Patrol) into law enforcement.


He served with the Raleigh Durham International Airport Police Department and the Zebulon Police Department before accepting a position with the Morrisville Police Department (MPD) in late 1998. In his 17 years with that agency, he served on patrol, with the traffic unit, and in investigations. He earned his Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Certification in 2006. He is also a Certified General Instructor and a Speed Measurement Instrument Instructor. While with MPD, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program awarded Whitehurst with the Director’s Award in 2010. He became a regional Law Enforcement Liaison with the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program in 2012, a position he still maintains. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave him the Heart of MADD award in 2014.


Whitehurst accepted a position as a patrol deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in January 2016, partly out of a desire to patrol the same roads his father did. Following a promotion to Sergeant in August of 2017, he served in the detention division and in administration. The Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce named him the agency’s Officer of the year for 2017. Sheriff Blackwood promoted him to lieutenant in the summer of 2019, the same year the Governor’s Highway Safety program named him their Law Enforcement Liaison of the year. 


Lt. Whitehurst oversees the motor unit, maintains communications equipment (radios and body cameras), speed measuring equipment, and breath testing equipment. He also coordinates the in-processing of applicants and new employees.



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