My Story

I was raised in the Crumpler area of Ashe County where I have lived all my life. My parents were the late James H. and Elizabeth Absher. I have four (4) sisters and three (3) brothers, all of whom reside in Ashe County.

We were raised on a farm where we grew multiple acres of tobacco and operated a beef cattle business. Our parents instilled in us the importance of a hard day’s work whether it was in the tobacco field or in the hay field. Today, my little brother and I still maintain the beef cattle operation.


I have one son, Dustin Absher. He is married to Katie Furches, daughter of Dwight and Jeana Furches.  Dustin is a graduate from Emory & Henry College with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Katie is a teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

I attended Ashe Central High School; graduated in 1979 then attended Wilkes Community College. I earn my Associates degree in Criminal Justice and graduated in 1981.

I was employed by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office in August 1981. I began my career working night shift patrol. Through the years I have worked my way up the ranks of the department. In 1986 I was promoted to detective, and then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Detective in 1990 where I remained until 2002; at which time, I was promoted to Captain Detective. In 2006 I was promoted to Major, where I served as Chief Deputy for Sheriff James Williams. I maintained this position until 2017.

During this time, I have led or assisted in numerous investigations ranging from homicides, narcotics, kidnapping, arson, breaking and entering and larceny and crimes against our children. Protecting and serving the people of Ashe County has been a passion of mine through the past 35 years.

As an Ashe County native, I know the people of this county along with their needs and expectations. The office of the Sheriff should be one that is respected and held by someone who the people can fully trust to protect them and their families. I am proud to be considered by the Ashe County people as “One of Their Own” and would hold the office of Sheriff with the highest honor.