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Lunch with the League with Mceklenburg County Sheriff Garry L. McFadden

Lunch with the League opens the season with Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry L. McFadden. Sheriff McFadden will discuss his accomplishments since becoming sheriff, his stance on immigration and future plans for the department.

Sheriff Garry L McFadden is a thirty-six-year veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department ("CMPD") and is one of the most decorated law enforcement officers in the history of CMPD. He spent thirty years as a detective and twenty years in the homicide unit. During that time, he worked on more than 800 homicides of which 90% were solved. After a stellar career, Sheriff McFadden retired from CMPD on July 31, 2011 and was immediately rehired by the City of Charlotte to work in the Office of the Chief to the Community Relations Unit to help implement programs within the community. Sheriff McFadden is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University.

Sheriff McFadden was elected to the sheriff's position on December 4th, 2018, the 45th Sheriff of Mecklenburg County. In Mecklenburg County, the sheriff runs the jail, oversees security at the courthouse and serves court papers. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff serves a 4 year term.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:30am - 1:00PM

LWVCM Office 1817 Central Avenue Room 210 Charlotte, NC 28025

The program is free but we ask the you let us know you are coming by RSVPing on the link below. You are welcome to bring you lunch or order lunch for $10. All lunch orders must be placed by September 9th at 12:00pm.


Sheriff McFadden has received many accolades and awards. To name a few: 

Medal of Valor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; 

Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, The National Society of The Sons of The American Revolution;

Community Relations Award and Recognition-Charlotte Observer Newspaper 

2011 Chief of Police Outstanding Service Award -Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Distinguished Service Award for Homicide Investigation-Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1996 and 2011

2014 Who' Who Award - Community Service Lee County South Carolina. 

2015 Charlotte Citizen of The Year- Mayor's Office City of Charlotte 

2017 "You Make the Difference Award" for his with Black Mental Health 

2018 NAACP - Lee County South Carolina Branch Community Service Award 

2018 The White Dove Founders Award from MoMO- work in the Community against Violence & the Cops & Barbers Initiative

2018 The Outstanding Civic Leader Award - Omega Psi Phi- Pi Phi Chapter 

In 2015 while working for CMPD, Sheriff McFadden and three local barbers created a community initiative called Cops & Barbers, which captured the attention of "The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing". President Obama invited the group to the White House and stated that `this vision is one of the top ten initiatives in creating meaningful relationships in communities.'

As a detective with CMPD, Sheriff McFadden was featured on American's Most Wanted, The First 48, The Justice Files and as a contributor to People magazine as well as other national media outlets.

On June 14, 2016, Investigative Discovery channel presented "I Am Homicide" a docuseries highlighting a few of Sheriff McFadden's most complex homicide cases as a homicide detective with CMPD. The début of this nationally and international television show allowed Sheriff McFadden to be the first African American Law Enforcement Officer to have his own television show. 

On May 8th, 2018 the voters of Mecklenburg County in North Carolina elected McFadden as their next Sheriff, making him the first African American Sheriff in the history of the county.

SAVE THE DATE - Celebrate the League's 100th Anniversary


2019 Annual Meeting

The League of Women Voters Charlotte Mecklenburg held its Annual Meeting and Buffet Supper Thursday, June 6th.

In keeping with the evening's theme, "Working together to build a better community," we welcomed this year's guest speaker: CMS Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox.

During the brief business portion of the meeting, we elected next years' officers, passed a budget, heard committee reports.

You need a League T-Shirt!

To be more visible at community events and to promote Vote election information, wear our new attractive, affordable t-shirt.

The official League shirt is available at Big Frog Custom TShirts in Charlotte. You can order here at for $13.35 plus tax. ($15 for 2x size).

Click on the shirt to start the process. Big Frog will arrange shipping for a fee (call 704-919-0038) or pick it up at their store in Ballantyne, 3429 Toringdon Way.