SBI Leadership

The SBI is led by Director Bob Schurmeier, a deputy director and three assistant directors.  

Director Bob Schurmeier is a law enforcement veteran with nearly 30 years of experience with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, including six months as interim police chief.  He retired in 2004 as deputy chief over Investigations.

During his tenure, Schurmeier served in Patrol, Investigations, Support Services and Administration divisions and pioneered initiatives that have become models for other law enforcement agencies, including forging partnerships to establish procedures and training to better preserve forensic evidence.  

Director Schurmeier is a past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and the North Carolina Police Executives Association. He is a graduate of the Secret Service’s Dignitary Protection School, the Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI National Academy. Director Schurmeier is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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.