A Sheriff for Everybody
Paula Dance for Sheriff

We are excited about expanding the territory in the Office of the Sheriff for Pitt County! Paula Dance a seasoned, experienced, and educated Major in the Sheriff’s Office has over 30 years of experience of law enforcement experience, with 26 in the Sheriff’s department, 4 years as Pitt County Sheriff and is running for re-election. Thank you for being interested in her desire to run for re-election as Pitt County Sheriff.  If you need additional information, CONTACT US and we will do our best to answer your questions. 

Serving others has always been the foundation of Sheriff Dance's core values.  This innate desire has prompted her to excel in the Pitt County Sheriff department and propelled her to run for re-election to the Office of Pitt County Sheriff.  As you get to know Paula you will understand that her integrity is coupled with her desire to help others.  Situations require the ability to understand right and wrong along with the desire to apply experience, logic, and thoughtfulness to every incident.  As we previously stated she served as the Major in the Pitt county Sheriff’s Department for 4 years. As Major, she is the 3rd in command after the Chief Deputy and Sheriff therefore selecting her as the next Sheriff will be a natural progression of promoting someone who has administrative experience in the department and a person who is ready to handle the position with the mission of protecting our citizens, putting citizens first and creating a safer county for our citizens. Working in law enforcement has provided great experiences and experience matters in each law enforcement agency.  The experiences she has as the Sheriff gives her an advantage because she knows the policies, understands the philosophies and knows the role of the Sheriff. 

Good law enforcement is always necessary but GREAT law enforcement requires exceptional service with a common-sense approach gained through experiences. Law enforcement is much more than just solving and deterring crime. Every interaction is an opportunity to enhance the quality of life for a citizen. Under her leadership, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office can develop a reputation for having a measured approach to dealing with challenging issues. Leadership that fosters a spirit of knowing the difference of when to be firm and when to be compassionate…That’s Sheriff Paula Dance, the spirit of understanding the challenges of this position…possessing the knowledge of law enforcement as it specifically applies to the role of the Sheriff’s office…and the capacity to lead the office with pride & integrity.  



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Over 30 years of Law Enforcement Experience, 4 years as Pitt County Sheriff

The beginning of a lifelong desire to protect & serve…started her career with Martin County Sheriff’s office in 1990 before accepting a position with Pitt County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. After serving in the capacity of patrol deputy for four years, she was promoted to Sgt. of the Domestic Violence Unit. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to Investigations as a major crimes investigator. She left the Sheriff’s Office for a very short time and worked at Vidant as a police officer, before coming back to Sheriff’s Office as Lt. of Investigations. Subsequently, she was promoted to Captain and finally to her current position as Major. 


  • Martin County Sheriff Deputy

  • Pitt County Sheriff Deputy

  • Sergeant ~ Pitt County Sheriff Department-Domestic Violence Unit

  • Investigator ~ Pitt County Sheriff Department -Major Crimes Unit

  • Police Officer~ Vidant Hospital

  • Lieutenant ~ Pitt County Sheriff Department-Investigations Unit

  • Captain ~ Pitt County Sheriff Department-Investigations Unit

  • Major ~ Pitt County Sheriff Department

  • Pitt County Sheriff


  • Bear Grass High School

  • Mount Olive University ~ 2020 Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Criminology

  • Pitt Community College ~ Management Development Program

  • Advance Law Enforcement Certificate

  • First Female Captain with Pitt County Sheriff Office

  • First Female Major with Pitt County Sheriff Office


Paula Dance for Sheriff