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Jamison “Jamie” Sykes serves as the Chief of Operations, also known as the Chief Deputy, for Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood.


Jamie Sykes grew up in Orange County, graduating from Orange High School in 1992. He attended Alamance Community College, earning his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement in 1995. Also that year, he put himself through Basic Law Enforcement Training at Vance Granville Community College.


Former Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass hired Sykes in 1995 as a detention officer. In 1997, he moved to the Patrol Division. As he gained experience, he served as a field training officer and received promotions to Corporal and Sergeant. In 2001, he received special recognition from the Hillsborough Town Council for his exemplary service during a critical lifesaving incident. He also served assignments in the Civil Division and in Courthouse Security. 


Sykes earned his North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in 2004. In April 2005, Sykes graduated from the 41st Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University.  Shortly thereafter, he diversified his law enforcement experience by transitioning to the Hillsborough Police Department in 2007.  During his three years with the HPD, Sykes served as the Supervising Sergeant of the Patrol Division. Upon returning to the Sheriff’s Office in 2010, Sykes took on a new role as an investigator in the narcotics division. In 2012, he was promoted to supervise that division and Sheriff Pendergrass awarded him the Distinguished Service Award.


When the people of Orange County elected Charles Blackwood as their Sheriff in 2014, Blackwood immediately selected Jamison Sykes as his Chief Deputy. This principal command staff officer must be able to anticipate events or trends that may impact the organization.  His vision of operations, events, and requirements should be nearly identical to that of the Sheriff. Thus, Chief Deputy Sykes assists Sheriff Blackwood with the daily operations, helps plan for the future, and manages all divisions as they pursue the agency’s goals and mission.


The Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce named Chief Sykes as the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s Employee of the Year in 2015. In 2016, he completed his North Carolina Advanced Service Certificate, and in 2017, he completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s Media Relations course.


Address: 106 E. Margaret Ln. Hillsborough, NC 27278

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