Henry Gray named chief deputy for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office

Published 12:05 am Thursday, February 1, 2024

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The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Joyner will retire from his position effective Jan. 31.

Chief Joyner has served under Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr. for more than five years.

Col. Henry Gray has been promoted to chief deputy, effective that same day.

Gray served in the United States Army and has more than 35 years of combined law enforcement experience.  

Gray grew up in Winston-Salem and is a graduate of the Parkland High School class of 1982.

Following high school, Gray was stationed in Germany after enlisting in the United States Army. In 1988, following four years of service to his country, Gray returned to Winston-Salem and joined the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Initially assigned to the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center, Gray would later go on to serve in various roles within the agency including supervising the Gang Task Force and Narcotics Division.

While serving in that role, Gray was honored to be named “Officer of the Year” by the North Carolina Narcotic Agents Regional Cooperative. In 2002, Gray was promoted to the rank of sergeant within the Criminal Investigative Division.

In 2007, Gray was promoted to lieutenant where he led the incorporation of judicial services at the Forsyth County Hall of Justice. In 2009, Gray joined Winston-Salem State University where he achieved the rank of captain over crime prevention and investigations through 2018. After nine years of service at Winston-Salem State University, Gray returned to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office where  he was appointed Captain of the Special Investigative Services Division. Within that position, Gray also oversaw newly-elected Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough’s vision of task force collaborations and other specialized teams.

In May 2021, Gray was promoted to the rank of major and oversaw the Administrative Support Bureau which houses professional standards, special investigative services, human resources and public affairs.

In addition to his various  professional achievements, Gray also expanded his experience through multiple professional development opportunities and certifications. Those opportunities included the Drug Unit Commander Academy, facilitated by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency in Quantico, Virginia, an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification, as well as the Wake Forest University First Responders Executive Leadership Academy.