CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Aujuena “Gina” Hicks, a 29-year law enforcement veteran, has announced her candidacy to be the 46th Sheriff of Mecklenburg County.

Hicks is the first African American woman to seek election for this office.

Hicks says “I can confidently lead the Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Office without compromising standards, policy or the safety of employees and residents. The best teacher for leadership development is not limited to education but experience and accountability. My 29 years of experience of building collaborative and impactful relationships emphasize my ability to serve as the Sheriff of Mecklenburg County.”

Hicks says as a native of Brooklyn, New York she began her law enforcement career in The New York City Department of Corrections at Rikers Island as a Corrections Officer.

From there, Hicks says she served at The West Virginia State Division of Corrections and received U.S. Secret Service clearance to train at The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, where she graduated with honors.

Hicks says these accomplishments led to her employment by The U.S. Department of Justice at The Federal Bureau of Prisons, but it wasn’t until she relocated to Mecklenburg County that she truly defined her career as a law enforcement professional.

At the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Hicks has served the community and incarcerated residents for 18 unblemished years.

Hicks says she served as a Detention Officer in multiple areas including Substance Abuse Treatment before being promoted to Field Training Officer, Sergeant, Captain, and liaison in the areas of Substance Abuse Treatment and Training.

Hicks received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Business Administration, all while successfully receiving several certifications.

“As your Sheriff, my commitment is to serve the citizens of Mecklenburg County through those relationships. With the highest of standards in
integrity, credibility, and accountability, I will help foster an environment that promotes safety, diversity, equity, and inclusion. I ask that you hope again and trust again in a leader willing and ready to serve.” says Hicks. 



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