SBI Leadership

SBI Director Bob Schurmeier

Bob Schurmeier was sworn in as the director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in July, 2016. Schurmeier grew up in Charlotte and later attended UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Schurmeier joined the Charlotte Police Department. That agency became the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in 1993, merging the Charlotte Police Department with the Mecklenburg County Police Department.

Schurmeier spent 21 years in the upper command ranks of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He served as deputy chief of police for more than 11 years. He also served as interim chief of police for six months. He gained experience in all four major commands of the department, but spent most of his time in the Patrol, Investigations, and Vice and Narcotics divisions. While at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Schurmeier was an active member of the North Carolina Police Execs Association and the North Carolina Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. He served as president for a time, for both associations.

Schurmeier has more than 3,000 hours of law enforcement training. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, (2nd Session); the FBI National Academy, (159th Session); and the Secret Service Dignitary Protection School.

After a full career with CMPD, Schurmeier co-founded US ISS Agency LLC -- a security and investigative consulting business in Charlotte. With others, Schurmeier grew the business to a successful enterprise with offices in Huntersville N.C., Charleston S.C., and Miami FL. The business was established on the foundation of integrity, knowledge and experience.

Schurmeier is incredibly grateful for his appointment as SBI director and the confidence shown in him by the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office. He hopes to apply the experience he has gained in founding and growing a small start-up business and more than two decades of law enforcement management expertise, to improve, streamline, and support the SBI.


Assistant Directors

Administrative Services Assistant Director Chris Laws holds a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice and a Masters in Public Administration in Administration of Justice from Appalachian State University. He joined the SBI in 2000 after working as police officer in High Point Police Department.  He is a graduate of the 68th Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University in 2014. As a criminal field agent he investigated crimes such as homicides, rapes, robberies, assaults, missing persons, drugs, fraud, embezzlement, corruption, arsons, financial crimes, corruption cases, property crimes and other special investigations while assisting agencies in primarily 13 counties of northwestern district of North Carolina. He coordinated and participated the marijuana eradication efforts in northwestern North Carolina. He served as assistant special agent in charge of the Northwestern District in Hickory until his appointment as assistant director for the Administrative Services Division in 2015.

Special Operations Assistant Director Brian Neil has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Elon College.  He has been in law enforcement since 1996, joining the SBI in 2000 after serving as a patrol officer with Greensboro Police Department and as a K9 officer with Burlington Police Department.  At the SBI, Neil started as a criminal/drug agent in Orange County and was part of the Raleigh Durham Drug Interdiction Task Force.  He transferred to North Piedmont as the criminal agent assigned to Alamance County.  He transferred to the Special Services Unit and was assigned to the Clandestine Laboratory Response Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Special Response Team.  He became a part of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force before being promoted to assistant special agent in charge of ISAAC, the InformationSharing and Analysis Center.   Next, Neil was promoted to special agent in charge over the Intelligence and Information Section (serving as director of ISAAC).  He was promoted to assistant director over the Special Operations Division in 2015. Neil earned the Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and has completed the Naval Post-graduate Fusion Center Leaders Program.  

Field Operations Assistant Director Brent Culbertson holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from UNC Charlotte, where he graduated in 1995. Upon graduation in 1995, he began work as a police officer for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, where he served from 1995 to 1997. In 1997, he accepted a position with the SBI and graduated from the 26th SBI Special Agent Academy. His first assignment as an bureau agent was to Buncombe County as a drug agent in the Western District. During his tenure in the Western District, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge (2008) and was assigned to lead the Western District Drug Initiative. In 2013, he was promoted to special agent in charge of the Western District. He currently is in graduate school at Methodist University working toward a masters degree in justice administration. He also completed the 71st session of the Administrative Officers Management Program at N.C. State University in 2015. He was promoted to assistant director of Field Operations in March of 2015.