Sheriff William T. Schatzman
Sheriff William T. Schatzman was first elected sheriff in 2002, and is serving in
his third elected term. He exemplifies the spirit of “law enforcement,” not because
of his 24-year career in the FBI but from what he learned from his family. His father
was a veteran of law enforcement and public service who retired as a Major in the
Connecticut State Police. The spirit of service to the community was instilled in
the sheriff from the beginning and it has stayed with him.
The sheriff’s law enforcement career began in 1970 when FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
hired him as Special Agent. During his service with the FBI, the sheriff investigated
violations of federal law and foreign espionage matters. As a senior agent and manager,
he trained and supervised other special agents in all aspects of FBI work. He was
the FBI Police Training Coordinator for North Carolina directing the training provided
by the FBI to local law enforcement.
Sheriff Schatzman received numerous personal awards and commendations from FBI Director
Hoover and the other FBI Directors for whom he worked. He received recognition for
solving bank robberies, supervising drug undercover operations directed at organized
crime, breaking white collar crime cases and organizing and directing task force
cases using local law enforcement.
Sheriff Schatzman retired from the FBI in 1994 and founded Schatzman & Associates,
LLC, to assist corporate clients with physical security and risk management. Schatzman
and Associates also provided investigative support to law firms engaged in both
civil and criminal litigation.
Sheriff Schatzman is very active in the community and throughout North Carolina.
He serves on numerous boards and committees and has received numerous awards and
recognition for his service.
The sheriff is a member of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) and sits
on the Legislative and Law and Order Committees that help manage the operation of
the association. He is also the NCSA representative on the North Carolina State
Emergency Response Committee and the North Carolina Law Enforcement Information
Sharing and Analysis Center.
Sheriff Schatzman graduated from Quinnipiac University where he received his Bachelor
of Science in business. He served three years in the United States Marine Corps.