The Legal Counsel for the Cumberland County Sheriff's
Office provides legal advice and counsel to the Sheriff and Sheriff's Office
employees on a variety of legal matters regarding criminal, civil and
The Legal Counsel serves as advisor to all deputies and
detectives concerning arrest, search and seizure and other high liability
issues. This office provides written legal opinions and legal updates for agency-wide
dissemination relating to criminal matters, performs legal research on
cases, court rulings and other laws affecting the operation of the law
enforcement, the corrections and the administrative divisions of the agency.
The Legal Advisor also conducts civil forfeiture litigation, serves as liaison to the State
Attorney's Office in criminal cases and to outside counsel in civil actions
filed in federal and state courts, and serves as legal advisor to the
Professional Standards Office on internal investigations. The legal office
acts as an agency
representative in employee discipline litigation, reviews and prepares
agency policy and procedure, reviews public records requests, and monitors
legislative activities in order to propose legislation needed to keep pace
with contemporary changes in practice and procedure.
In addition, the Legal Counsel for the Sheriff's Office conducts in-service
training classes on various law enforcement topics such as arrests, search
and seizure, civil liability, use of force, trial preparation, depositions
and testifying in court.
The Legal Counsel is available on a 24 hour basis to respond
to field situations having potential liability for the Sheriff's Office such
as deputy shootings, unusual occurrences or hostage incidents, and
situations at the jail which result in serious injury or the death of a
correctional officer or inmate.
Sheriff's Attorney - Ronnie Mitchell - (910) 677-5400
Paralegal - Marjorie Memoli (910) 321-6764
* Contact us via
Hours of Operation: M - F 8:00am till 5:00pm
After hour emergencies should contact
the Watch Commander at (910) 677-5432