Lieutenant Colonel Neil Baxley

Command - Emergency Management Division

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Baxley

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Baxley

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Baxley joined the Sheriff’s Office in July 1983 after a four year stint in the United States Marine Corps. While a Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Baxley was assigned as an Aviation Electrician on F4 Phantom fighter bombers.

The first ten years of his law enforcement career were spent in the Enforcement Division. During that time, he served three years in Northern Enforcement and then seven years in Southern Enforcement. It was during this period when Neil Baxley was promoted to Corporal (Assistant Shift Supervisor) and Sergeant (Shift Supervisor).

In 1993, he became the first full time Training Sergeant for the Sheriff’s Office and created a formal training program for the organization. In 1999, Sheriff P.J. Tanner promoted him to Captain and Deputy Division Commander for the Administrative Division. Two years later he commanded the Division at the rank of Major.

In 2003, he was reassigned to duties exclusively dedicated to homeland security, hurricane preparation and emergency planning. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the title of Deputy Chief of Staff in 2010.

On October 7, 2013 Lieutenant Colonel Baxley was appointed by Sheriff Tanner to become the third Emergency Management Director in the history of Beaufort County after the Sheriff’s Office absorbed the Emergency Management Division. His duties now include Emergency Management Director for Beaufort County, the 911 phone system, the communications system for all emergency responders in Beaufort County, the Central Dispatch Center, the Traffic Management Center and the Beaufort County Hazardous Materials Program. In addition to these responsibilities, he has oversight responsibility for the Enforcement Division and responds to all bomb, SWAT and Dive call-outs.