Asa B. Buck, III (R) Carteret County Sheriff
Asa B. Buck, III was born and raised in Carteret County. A graduate of East Carteret High School (1993), he went on to graduate from East Carolina University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.
Asa has been serving the citizens of Carteret County for over 24 years; the past 16 as Sheriff. He began his career as a bailiff in 1998 and upon completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program he was promoted to a full-time patrol deputy with the Carteret County Sheriff's Office in 1999. Asa quickly moved up the ranks to become Sergeant in 2002 and later Lieutenant of the Patrol Division in 2003.
In 2006, Asa was elected Sheriff of Carteret County. Since being elected as sheriff, Asa has worked on fighting drug crimes with drug roundups, initiating a prescription drug take-back program and hiring more drug enforcement officers. Additional improvements include changes to the county 911 communications system, the addition of cameras and upgraded computer systems in the county's detention center, the addition and use of naloxone, a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose, which is now available in all deputy's patrol cars.
In his role as sheriff, Asa is responsible for managing a staff of more than 100 with an annual budget of more than $11.6 million. Asa is committed to operating an office with an open-door policy to any citizen whom may have concerns, complaints, or suggestions regarding the office.
Sheriff Buck was re-elected in November of 2022 and is now serving in his fifth term protecting and serving Carteret County's 70,000 citizens. The public's confidence and support are based upon Sheriff Buck’s reputation and results as Carteret County's top law enforcement officer and his relentless quest to rid Carteret County of drugs and violence. Sheriff Buck extends an open invitation for anyone needing assistance to contact this office at (252) 728-8400.
Honors and Affiliations
North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, 2016; East Carolina University Division of Student Affairs - 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2015; President - North Carolina Sheriffs' Association 2014-15; Chairman of the NCSA Executive Committee 2015-2016 and 2018-2019; Healthy Carolinians of Carteret County Substance Abuse Task Force Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2009; East Carolina University Criminal Justice Program Outstanding Senior, Class of '98; North Carolina Sheriffs' Association Leadership Institute Graduate, 2008; North Carolina Sheriffs' Association Executive Committee 2011-present; North Carolina Sheriffs' Association Legislative Committee; North Carolina Sheriffs' Association Jail and Law and Order Committee; Carteret County 9-1-1 Center Advisory Board; Carteret County Republican Executive Committee; North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee; Governor’s Task Force for Mental Health and Substance Use 2015-2016; North Carolina Commission On The Administration of Law and Justice 2016-2017; Franklin Lodge #109 - Past Master 2001 & 2004; Scottish Rite Mason; York Rite Mason; Shriner.