Buncombe sheriff races grows to 3 candidates
A former Asheville police officer and law enforcement educator has announced his run for Buncombe County sheriff.
R. Daryl Fisher, a Black Mountain resident who works as Asheville-Buncombe Technical College’s law enforcement training director, announced June 7 that he is seeking the position of sheriff in the upcoming election cycle. Current Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan, who has served three terms as sheriff, announced his retirement in April.
Fisher, who has had a career in law enforcement since 1985, sent a letter to county citizens announcing his candidacy June 7.
He is running on a campaign slogan “Justice For All,” Fisher said, which includes concepts he has learned throughout his time with several Western North Carolina agencies. He believes law and order should prevail.
“For anyone committing a serious crime or crime against another person, a complete and thorough investigation is needed to seek prosecution to the fullest extent of that the law allows,” he said. “This especially includes domestic violence offenses.”
The slogan also includes compassion and discretion.
He said that victims of crimes deserve compassion and empathy by those serving them. Law enforcement officers should use discretion if a citizen can be assisted through a warning rather than a law enforcement action.
Fisher is also running based on his experience and skills.
“I feel I would excel in serving as your elected sheriff,” he wrote in a letter to citizens.
“What I have learned in my life is that to be most successful, a visionary leader must marry successes from the past with resources from the present and future to promote higher quality of life for those we serve.”
This vision involves officers enhancing and embracing community service and community relations while promoting open communication between agencies and citizens, he said.
Fisher grew up in Waynesville and graduated from Tuscola High School in 1980. Five years later he joined the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and moved to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in 1986.
He is the son of a nurse, now retired, and a career police officer. His father achieved the rank of assistant chief with the Waynesville Police Department before retirement, Fisher said.
He also served as the security and public safety officer for Lake Junaluska Assembly in Waynesville.
He began a career with the Asheville Police Department in 1989 and served 23 years moving through various positions including patrol officer, SWAT team member, criminal investigations detective, drug suppression unit lieutenant, SWAT team commander, support division captain and patrol division captain.
When he worked as a drug agent he became certified as a deputy sheriff and the certification remains active today, he said.
He received numerous awards and recognition throughout his time with APD.
In 2012 Fisher retired, but did not slow down. “I knew I still had much to offer our community,” he said.
He became the criminal justice department chairperson at A-B Tech in July 2013 and in July 2016 moved into the position of law enforcement training director.
Fisher has also been active in the community by serving as a youth mentor as a coach in a recreation basketball, baseball and softball league.
He is married with two children who are seeking secondary education for their career paths. His wife, Kim, is a preschool teacher. The family lives in Black Mountain.
Fisher said he is looking forward to participating in opportunities to discuss ideas and concerns with residents of Buncombe County.
He has created an Instagram account of rdarylfisher4sheriff where people can follow updates.