Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan was born in Spruce Pine, NC. He holds degrees from Western Carolina University and North Carolina State University. Sheriff Duncan has worked in law enforcement since 1986 as a Patrolman, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Detective for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. He was first elected to the Office of Sheriff of Buncombe County in 2006.
Since he has also been an instructor at the NC Justice Academy, Sheriff Duncan is a natural presenter, and has already given the First 2000 Days presentation many times. He is among the most requested First 2000 Days Champion.
Sheriff Duncan lives in Leicester with his wife, Shana, and they have three sons, Austin, Colton and Heath.