ABOUT STEVE

Steve has spent most of his adult life serving the citizens of Surry County as a deputy sheriff.  He began his law enforcement career at the age of 20 and has been a sworn deputy continuously for nearly 33 years since 1984 (retired after twenty-eight years as a full-time deputy, currently serving as a reserve deputy).  During this time, Steve established a reputation for being honest, fair, impartial, trustworthy and steadfast.


Steve was born in Mount Airy in August 1963 and has lived in Surry County all his life.  He is the son of Billie Nell Hiatt and the late Bob Hiatt.  His mom has worked in the banking industry for well over 60 years.  She worked for Workmen’s Federal Savings & Loan Association and Southern National Bank for 40 years. She currently works for Surrey Bank & Trust where she has worked for 21 years.  His dad passed away in 1990.  In addition to his dad’s career in law enforcement, he was self-employed in the industrial two-way radio and television business for many years.  Steve has two brothers, Marty Hiatt and Kelly Hiatt and a sister, Lori H. Poindexter.

In October 1991, Steve married the former Rhonda Snow, daughter of Jerry and Carol Snow of Dobson.  Rhonda’s siblings are Jeff Snow and Shannon S. Durham.  Rhonda has been employed with Insteel Industries, Inc. for over 26 years.

Rhonda and Steve are members of Mount Bethel Moravian Church.  Rhonda currently serves as church treasurer, Regional Conference of Churches representative and member of Women’s Fellowship.  Steve is an elected member of the church board, currently serving as vice-chairman, a member of the choir, Men’s Brotherhood and serves as a Sunday School officer.

 
Steve is a member of Renfro Masonic Lodge 691 AF-AM, Surry County Fraternal Order of Police, where he currently serves as secretary/treasurer and the North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association.  He is a past member of the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments.

Steve has lived in Surry County his entire life and has always strived to “be there” for his family and community. He enjoys spending time assisting his local church by serving on various boards and working with the youth.  He also enjoys working with other local organizations. Steve especially takes pride in participating in the Cops & Kids event held each year at Christmas. The event, which is sponsored by the Surry County Fraternal Order of Police, involves law enforcement officers accompanying kids shopping for presents. The local kids, which may not otherwise get a Christmas gift, and the participating officers build positive relationships during these shopping trips. Throughout the years, the organization has helped several hundred children enjoy Christmas. Steve says, “It is a great honor to give back to the community.”

 Steve’s deep family roots in Surry County and his long career in law enforcement have prompted his desire to serve as your Sheriff.

Experience and Accomplishments



  • Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • AAS, Surry Community College
  • Employment with Surry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Duties as Deputy Sheriff
  • Promotion to Patrol Sergeant
  • Duties as Patrol Sergeant
  • Awarded Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate
  • Promotion to Lieutenant Detective
  • Duties as Lieutenant Detective
  • Transferred to Civil Division
  • Promotion to Lieutenant of Civil Division
  • Duties as Lieutenant of Civil Division
  • Training
  • Attendance
  • Working Relationships
  • Member of Fraternal Order of Police and North Carolina Law Enforcement Officer’s Association
  • Past member of Northwest Piedmont Council of Youth
  • Member of Mount Bethel Moravian Church


Basic Law Enforcement Training
Completed 290 hours of Basic Law Enforcement Training in April of 1984

AAS, Surry Community College
Received Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Surry Community College in May of 1984.

Employment with Surry County Sheriff’s Office
Began employment with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office on May 1, 1984, at age 20, serving the agency continuously for thirty-three years. (retired after twenty-eight years as a full-time deputy and currently serving as a reserve deputy) 

Duties as Deputy Sheriff
Performed many duties as a Deputy Sheriff including, but not limited to, executing criminal and civil processes, investigating criminal activity and violations of the law, securing crime scenes, collecting evidence and testifying in court proceedings.  I encountered numerous high risk/critical incident situations during my tenure and derived at peaceful resolutions.

Promotion to Patrol Sergeant
Promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant on October 1, 1994.

Duties as Patrol Sergeant
In addition to participating in general patrol, investigations and other calls for service, I was responsible for other duties including, but not limited to scheduling personnel for shifts, court dates and time off from duty (annual leave, compensatory leave, holiday, etc.), assigning daily duty roster, handling personnel complaints from citizens and completing personnel evaluations.

Awarded Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate
Presented with the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate by Sheriff J. I. Smith, Chairman of the NC Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission in October of 1999.

 Promotion to Lieutenant Detective
Transferred to Detective Division, May 1, 2005.  Promoted to Lieutenant of Detectives on July 1, 2005.

Duties as Lieutenant Detective
In addition to performing supervisory and scheduling responsibilities comparable to that of a Patrol Sergeant, I reviewed every incident report submitted by the Patrol Division and if a follow-up investigation was warranted, I assigned the case to a detective, including myself.  I also instructed Patrol Officers in criminal investigations as needed and I was responsible for ensuring that a member of the division was always on-call and available.

Transferred to the Civil Division
Transferred to the Civil Division on December 4, 2006 as Sergeant.

Duties as Civil Division Sergeant
My primary assignment was to the Advanced Process/Executions unit. In addition, I was responsible for scheduling personnel for shifts, court dates, time off from duty (annual leave, compensatory leave, etc.), scheduling traffic control in the afternoons at North Surry High School and Gentry Middle School. handling personnel complaints from citizens and completing personnel evaluations. I assisted the Lieutenant in supervising the division.

Promotion to Lieutenant of Civil Division
Promoted to Lieutenant of Civil Division on July 1, 2007.

Duties as Civil Division Lieutenant
As Division Commander, I managed the overall operations of the Civil Division while maintaining current knowledge of civil process laws. Other responsibilities included handling and serving advanced processes such as Foreclosures, Writs of Execution, Writs of Personal/Real Property, Claim and Delivery and Summary Ejectment/Evictions. In addition, I performed supervisory and scheduling responsibilities comparable to that of a Civil Sergeant. Other division duties included reviewing, researching and approval/denial of all Permit to Purchase Pistol/Crossbow applications, reviewing, researching and approval/denial of all Permit to Concealed Carry Weapons applications, maintaining and distribution of funds from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office Levy Account, maintaining records and storage of all weapons seized pursuant to Domestic Violence Orders (50-B) and collecting fees when applicable and maintaining records of all property seized and placed in the Surry County Sheriff’s Office impound lot and collecting fees when applicable.

Training
Continued to receive training throughout my tenure.  Received training in Police Supervision, Domestic Violence, Defensive/Precision Driving, Basic Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Police Law Institute (Search and Seizure), Drug Enforcement for Patrol Officers, Interview and Interrogation, Street Survival, Division of Criminal Information(DCI), Legal Updates Pistol/Concealed Carry Permits, Basic Civil Process and Advanced Civil Process/Executions. In addition, I maintained all annual state mandated training such as Firearms, Hazardous Materials, Bloodborne Pathogens, etc.

Attendance
Always placed a strong emphasis on being present for duty and reporting on time. I used less than 20 hours of sick leave during my twenty-eight years at the sheriff’s office. I accumulated approximately 3500 hours in sick leave allowing me to retire from active duty twenty-three months early.

Working Relationships
Strived to maintain good working relationships with all divisions within the Sheriff’s Office (Office Staff, Detective, Civil, Patrol, Narcotics and Detention) assisting them whenever possible.  In addition, I maintained good contacts and relations with other surrounding agencies (Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain, Elkin and Dobson Police Departments, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Virginia State Police and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, etc.).

Member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the North Carolina Law Enforcement Officer’s Association
Member of the Fraternal Order of Police (Surry County Chapter #24) since 1988. Past President and currently serving as secretary/Treasurer of the local lodge.  Joined the North Carolina Law Enforcement Officer’s Association in 1991.

Northwest Piedmont Council of Youth
Appointed to the Northwest Piedmont Council of Youth in July of 2006. I served on the council until June of 2012.

Member of Mount Bethel Moravian Church
Life-long active member of Mount Bethel Moravian Church. I am an elected member of the Church Board, currently serving as Vice-Chairman, Treasurer of the Sunday School, member of the Voice Choir and member of the Men’s Brotherhood. In addition, I have served as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher and member of the Hand Bell Choir.  
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