The Chief

Chief Sult began his career at age 14 as a Police Explorer and Civilian Police Dispatcher with the Mecklenburg County Police Department in North Carolina. He joined the Charlotte Police Department in June of 1977 as a full-time police dispatcher and one year later became a sworn officer. He has served in numerous assignments including patrol, homicide, task forces as well as developing and supervising the street drug interdiction unit with the merged Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

Thereafter, Sgt. Sult became the commander of the CMPD Intelligence Unit with duties that included gang and RICO investigations, as well as co-supervising the Violent Crimes Task Force (comprised of ATF, CMPD, Immigration & Naturalization Service, and the United States Secret Service).   

Promoted to Captain, Sult was assigned as the Director of CMPD’s Strategic Planning and Analysis Unit.  During September 11, 2001 (9/11) he was the commander of Charlotte’s Central District, the second largest banking center in the United States and home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.  During this time, he was responsible for development of security and preparedness planning for Charlotte’s Center City and coordinated numerous special events including those related to the Carolina Panthers participation in the 2004 NFL Super Bowl game.

In August of 2004, Captain Sult accepted the position of Chief of Police for the City of Gastonia, N.C. where he served for over four years. Chief Sult managed an agency that employed 170 sworn and 37 full and part-time civilian employees as well as a budget of $15.5 million. He was instrumental in establishing the departments Citizen Police Academy and the “Citizens on Patrol” program. Because of his proactive approach to eradicating crime, Sult was able to reduce their Part I crimes to its lowest level since 1994.

In October 2008, the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia selected Sult to be their next Police Chief. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the start-up of the Chattahoochee River 911 Communications Authority as vice chairman of the board of directors, more commonly known as “ChatComm”. Today, this Communications Authority consists of a multi-jurisdiction multi-discipline 911 Communications Center formed through a unique public-private partnership where a private company manages the daily operations.  

In March 2013, Chief Sult was promoted to Director of Public Safety for the City of Sandy Springs where he coordinated services for Police, Fire and Emergency Management. He directed a total of 300 full and part-time employees with a combined budget of well over $30 million.  

In September 2013, Sult was appointed Police Chief of the Hampton, Virginia Police Division and took over command on October 7th.    

Chief Sult holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate as a certified officer through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Council. He is certified both as a police officer and chief of police through the Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training. Chief Sult holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner-Webb University and a Masters in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Administrative Officers’ Management Program and Senior Management Institute of Policing from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Police Executive Research Forum.