Lieutenant Chip Squires has been serving the citizens of Horry County since 1998. Lieutenant Squires graduated magna cum laude from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and has earned a Master of Arts in Business Management and Leadership from Liberty University. He has also earned the FBI LEEDA “Trilogy Award” through successful completion of advanced training in the areas of Supervisor, Command and Executive Leadership. Lt. Squires currently serves as the Security Specialist for all future physical security upgrades within the Horry County Government Center. He also serves as Chief Investigator in conducting investigations and supervising the daily operations of the Office Professional Standards within the Horry County Sheriff's Office.
Lieutenant Sherri Smith has served in law enforcement for more than 25 years. Lt. Smith oversees the special operations division, Sex Offender Registry and Tracking division and the public outreach program. She also leads the intern program and special events program at the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Lt. Smith serves as co-chair on the Coastal Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.
In June 2011, Lieutenant Steve Cox joined the Horry County Sheriff’s Office and is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division which oversees the deputies serving Warrants and Civil Process. Field Operations deputies also provide funeral and other escorts as requested. Lt. Cox is a native of Horry County and attended North Myrtle Beach High School. Following graduation, he received an Associates Degree in Public Service / Criminal Justice Technology through Horry Georgetown Technical College. He and his wife Christina reside in the Longs community of Horry County. Lt. Cox began his law enforcement career in February 1983 with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department as a Telecommunicator / Jailer. In 1984, he was promoted to Police Officer. In October 1987, he accepted a job with the Horry County Police Department as a Police Officer First Class. His duties included patrolling the areas of Little River, Longs and the unincorporated areas of North Myrtle Beach. During his tenure with the Horry County Police Department, he held various positions including patrol officer, Field Training Officer and Sergeant. Before joining the Sheriff’s Office, the Police Department promoted Lt. Cox to the rank of Lieutenant in 2007.
Lieutenant Brooks James has served the Horry County area for nearly 20 years. He oversees the security of the Horry County Government and Judicial Center, old County Courthouse and the Myrtle Beach Magistrate Office. As a native of Aynor, Lt. James takes pride in serving the citizens of Horry County. He is the son of Latricia James and the late Dan James. Lt. James works with deputies by teaching courtroom tactic and new deputy orientation. He attended the United States Marshals Service Training Academy and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Prior to serving at the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. James started his law enforcement career at the Coastal Carolina University Department of Public Safety.
Ralph J. Vaught
Mr. Vaught is responsible for security operations at the main entry point of the Judicial Complex as well as the eighteen holding cells located throughout the building. Inmate safety, security and transportation are his specialty.
Mrs. Jenkins is the supervisor of all office operations. Any questions or concerns about warrants, civil process updates or fees should be directed to her. She is the Administrative Assistant of the Sheriff.