Captain Matthew Averill

Emergency Management - Communications Officer

Captain Matthew Averill

Captain Matthew Averill

Captain Matthew Averill was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1961. He graduated Hull High School in Hull, Massachusetts in 1979. He attended Springfield College from 1979-1980. In 1981, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended Firefighter Specialists School at Chanute AFB, in Champaign, IL.

Upon completion of his Air Force Specialty School, Averill was stationed at Royal Air Force Base Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire, England. During his time at RAF Upper Heyford, he was assigned as a Station Captain at a small satellite base, RAF Croughton, after being promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was transferred after three and one half years in England to McConnell Air Force Base in Witchita, KS, until the end of his Air Force enlistment in 1985.

In November of 1985, Averill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Upon completion of basic training, he attended Forward Area Air Defense Gunner (FAAD Gunner) School at Fort Bliss, TX. He was then stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. During his time at Camp Pendleton, he was responsible for all equipment and real world Stinger Weapons for the 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense (3rd LAAD) Battalion, multi­ million dollars of Stinger shoulder fired missiles. He was also a Moving Target Simulator (MTS) Instructor for Stinger Weapons.

In 1990, Averill made a lateral transfer and attended Air Traffic Control School at NAS Millington, TN. Upon graduation from ATC School, he was transferred to MCAS Beaufort as an Air Traffic Controller until he was Honorably Discharged at the end of Operation Desert Storm.

Averill was hired by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in April of 1993. He was promoted through the ranks from Patrolman First Class, Detective, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Master Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain.

In 2001, the Office of Professional Responsibility was formed by Sheriff Tanner and Averill was placed in charge of this unit. The Office of Professional Responsibility, or O.P.R., conducts administrative investigations of all warranted complaints against any employee of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in order to determine possible violations of Sheriff's Office policies and/or procedures.

As a Deputy Sheriff, Averill has attended many law enforcement related schools and seminars, to include numerous off duty classes at the Armstrong State College Regional Criminal Justice Training Center. He is also a certified School Resource Officer Practitioner, Licensed Polygraph Examiner since 1999, Certified Forensic Law Enforcement Polygraph Examiner since 2003 and was a guest instructor at the American Association of Police Polygraphists National Conference in 2005.

In January 2011, Matthew Averill was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with the Investigations Section of the Enforcement Division.

In May 2016, Matthew Averill was promoted to his current rank of Captain with the Northern Enforcement Division.