Captain Michael Riley

Administrative - Support Services Supervisor

Captain Michael Riley

Captain Michael Riley

A native of Alabama, Captain Michael Riley joined the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and served until 1994. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also attended Park College while enlisted in the Marine Corps pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. In 1994 he was Honorably Discharged and soon after joined the Sheriff's Office.

After attending the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Riley was assigned first to Uniformed Patrol with the Northern Division and soon after was transferred to the Southern Division.

While working southern Beaufort County, Riley's interest in criminal investigations grew, and he decided to pursue this career path. He was selected and promoted to Criminal Detective in 1997 and performed these duties until 1999. During this time, Riley attended advanced training courses related to the various facets of criminal investigation. Coupled with training and experience, Riley realized the direct correlation between substance abuse and many of the crimes he had investigated and pursued a position on the Beaufort County Drug Task Force.

In 1999, Riley was selected and transferred to the Drug Task Force and promoted to the rank of Sergeant. While on the Drug Task Force, Riley attended additional advanced training in regards to investigating illegal drug activity and was responsible for many successful investigations and seizures that often crossed state lines.

Riley also served on the Beaufort County Special Weapons and Tactics Team while assigned to the Drug Task Force as a Perimeter Team member.

In 2002, Riley was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and transferred back to the Southern Division Patrol as a Supervisor.

In 2003, Riley returned to the Criminal Investigations Branch as Supervisor of the Southern Investigative Section. He was meritoriously promoted to Master Sergeant. In this position, Riley supervised the eight investigators assigned along with the Bluffton and Hilton Head Victim Advocates.

In 2012, Riley transferred to the Support Services Unit which includes Criminal Records, Crime Analyst, Public Information, Public Relations and Software Applications.

In 2014, Riley was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and continues to serve as the Support Services Unit Lieutenant.

In 2016, Riley was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Captain and continues to serve as the Support Services Unit Supervisor.