|Avery County Sheriff's Office||Newland||North Carolina 28657|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Department||Bakersville||North Carolina 28705||14 miles|
|Watauga County Sheriff's Office||Boone||North Carolina 28607||16 miles|
|Caldwell County Sheriff's Office||Lenoir||North Carolina 28645||23 miles|
|Yancey County Sheriff's Office||Burnsville||North Carolina 28714||24 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Elizabethton||Tennessee 37643||25 miles|
|Burke County Sheriff's Office||Morganton||North Carolina 28655||28 miles|
|Unicoi County Sheriff's Office||Erwin||Tennessee 37650||28 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Mountain City||Tennessee 37683||28 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Marion||North Carolina 28752||29 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Jonesborough||Tennessee 37659||35 miles|
|Ashe County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||North Carolina 28640||35 miles|
|Bristol County Sheriff's Office||Bristol||Virginia 24201||39 miles|
|Sullivan County Sheriff's Office||Blountville||Tennessee 37617||39 miles|
|Wilkes County Sheriff's Office||Wilkesboro||North Carolina 28697||42 miles|
|Alexander County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||North Carolina 28681||43 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Abingdon||Virginia 24210||45 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||North Carolina 28753||47 miles|
|Catawba County Sheriff's Office||Newton||North Carolina 28658||48 miles|
|Rutherford County Sheriff's Office||Rutherfordton||North Carolina 28139||49 miles|
A sheriff is an elected law enforcement official who serves a specific county. Many of the responsibilities of the sheriff overlap with those of local police departments. The biggest difference is that a sheriff has jurisdiction over the entire county, while police departments can only enforce laws within city limits.
While sheriffs share law enforcement duties with city police officers, their degree of responsibility varies by jurisdiction. Municipalities with limited resources often contract law enforcement services to the sheriff, especially for complex crimes where they may not be equipped to conduct a detailed investigation.
Sheriffs tend to be more involved in cases where a suspect operates across city lines. Since they have the authority to investigate crimes and make arrests in any city in their jurisdiction, they often act as a bridge between various municipal law enforcement agencies in that jurisdiction.