Jay began his career in 1990 with the uniform patrol division of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department. He advanced in rank from Police Officer to Police Officer II, and then to Master Officer picking up the responsibilities of Field Training Officer (FTO) and Senior squad officer along the way. In 1998 Jay exchanged his municipal duties for those of a County officer when he joined the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. He again earned rank and responsibility very quickly as he showcased his strengths as an FTO and a first-line supervisor. Jay became a Lieutenant over investigations for the Sheriff’s Office in 2004 and by 2009 he proved himself worthy of the title Captain of the Investigations Division.
In 2013 Jay turned his focus to the County’s Detention Center where he was named Major and saw to the overall day-to-day operations of the facility. During his tenure as the Administrator of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Detention Division Jay amassed a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding the intricacies and areas of liability within a jail, which was instrumental in increasing the facility staff by thirty-three percent and creating a transport unit.
Jay, along with his wife Hala remains dedicated to their community by regularly participating in community fundraising events to assist those in need. The two enjoy spending time with their three grown sons, close friends, and extended family.