B.A.S., Guilford College; M.J.A., Methodist University
Ralph Norton retired as the Chief of Police at the Asheboro Police Department in 2015. His law enforcement career began in 1988 when he was hired as a Patrol Officer for the Asheboro Police Department. During his career he has served in various capacities including: Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer (FTO), Vice/Narcotics Detective, Bike Patrol Unit Sergeant, Traffic Unit Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant (Watch Commander), Patrol Division Captain and Assistant Chief.
Chief Norton holds a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration (MJA) from Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. He also holds a Bachelor of Administrative Science (B. A. S.) Degree in Justice Policy Studies (JPS) from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He was a graduate and class president of the 47th Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) at NCSU in 2007. He is also a General Instructor and RADAR Instructor certified through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
Chief Norton has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2015), Randolph County Distinguished Service Award (1995), and honored as the Jaycees Outstanding Young Public Servant for Randolph County (1992). He has also been recognized as one of the Top Five Outstanding Public Servants in North Carolina by the North Carolina Jaycees (1992).
He is married with three daughters and five grandchildren. He also serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Randolph/Asheboro YMCA and attends church at Brower’s Memorial Wesleyan Church in Asheboro, NC where he serves as a Trustee. He enjoys sailing, reading and various sports.