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Buncombe County Government

Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential. Our mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life; to provide effective and efficient government our citizens can trust; and to deliver needed service through a responsive work force committed to excellence, integrity, and teamwork.

Job Title:  Detective

Purpose of the position:

The primary purpose of this position to perform specialized law enforcement work in the investigation of criminal offenses for the department.

Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience (required at time of hire):

High School graduate, one (1) year Investigative experience, and two (2) years of experience in uniform field services such as Patrol, Civil Process, SRO (this does not include Detention experience); or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be 21 years of age.

Additional Training and Experience:

Investigation and Supervisory/Leadership Training preferred.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation:

North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training Certified; Valid North Carolina driver’s license

Essential Functions of the position:

  • Conduct investigations at the scene of the crime to determine exact nature of law violations, searches for clues, and makes preliminary interrogations of suspects; gathers and labels evidence found, lifts fingerprints, and photographs pertinent evidence.
  • Interview complainants, suspects, witnesses, and other persons who may have information related to crimes or suspected criminal activity.
    Maintain communications with informers and surveillance over known agitators and other suspected law violators.
  • Prepare detailed investigation and arrest reports; assembles and organizes statements and evidence for presentation in court; attends court and presents evidence and testimony.
  • Cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in conducting investigations and making arrests and reviews current bulletins published by the Federal and State Bureaus of Investigation.
  • Educate members of law enforcement, related criminal justice agencies, and the public regarding operations and law violations in the County.
  • Perform undercover work, as necessary.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of modern criminal investigative practices and procedures.
    Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws relative to criminal investigations.
  • Knowledge of the locations of streets, roads, highways, and the geography and socioeconomic characteristics of the County.
  • Knowledge of the standard practices, materials, techniques, and equipment associated with the Investigations Division.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other law enforcement equipment.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency and routine situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action.
  • Ability to make observations and remember names, faces, and various details.
  • Ability to analyze facts and apply interpretation of laws to specific situations.
  • Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to use computer and relevant software.
  • Ability to present court testimony and evidence effectively.
  • Ability to manage time and be detail oriented.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignment


Location: Asheville, NC

Job Posting End Date:

Salary Range: $24.18 – $28.84

Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee’s unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. In addition the Agency expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

Applicants for employment are invited to participate in the affirmative action program by reporting their status as a protected veteran or other minority. In extending this invitation, we advise you that: (a) workers (applicants) are under no obligation to respond but may do so in the future if they choose; (b) responses will remain confidential within the human resource department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our affirmative action program. We are a company that values diversity. We actively encourage women, minorities, veterans and disabled employees to apply. Refusal to provide this information will have no bearing on your application and will not subject you to any adverse treatment.