Sheriff's OfficeSheriff's Office

The Horry County Sheriff's Office is responsible for numerous tasks including judicial security, processing warrants, fingerprinting services, registration of sex offenders, funeral escorts, providing background checks and operating the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Command Staff


T. Fox
Chief Deputy

Chief Fox has been an employee of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office since 1999 where he served in the capacity of Director of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Chief Fox is second in command after Sheriff Thompson and oversees general operations of the entire Sheriff’s Office, including J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Chief Fox has served in various law enforcement and jail operations since 1981. He graduated magna cum laude from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from the Command College of South Carolina at Anderson University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 249 and a graduate of the South Carolina Executive Leadership Institute. Chief Fox is a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1976 to 1980. Chief Fox was named the South Carolina Jail Administrator’s Association Jail Administrator of the Year in 2008.

S. Smith

Captain Sherri Smith has served in law enforcement for more than 25 years. Captain 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, Captain Smith serves as co-chair on the Coastal Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.

C. Squires

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.

S. Cox

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.


B. James


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.


Christopher Graham






Ralph J. Vaught
Security Coordinator

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.





Joyce Jenkins
Office Manager

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.