The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division's mission is to effectively and efficiently investigate crimes in Cherokee County, to improve the lives of its citizens and visitors, and to promote a safer community.



The Criminal Investigation Division, commonly known as CID, provides professional investigative services for Cherokee County. CID is responsible for the investigation of crimes committed in Cherokee County by both adults and juveniles. The broad spectrum of crimes include: murder, robbery, arson, burglary, financial crime, theft, juvenile crime, sexual and physical abuse, and the exploitation of children. The Division is also tasked with counter-drug operations, including the Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

In most cases, CID conducts follow-up investigations after a report has been made to the Patrol Division.   Motivated only by a search for the truth, investigators seek and collect all available evidence surrounding each case in order to determine the facts of the situation. As professional fact finders, CID conducts systematic and methodical investigations to determine facts supported by the evidence. Investigators then submit their findings to the District Attorney for review.

CID works closely with other local, state, federal, and military law enforcement agencies, as well as other government agencies, to counter and investigate the most serious crimes.

The CID is made up of seven full-time investigators: Leigha Blake, Brian Gilliland, Michael Green, Tony Monroy, Kristina Daniel, and Jeremy Stepps. These investigators bring a variety of skills to the Division that combine to make an effective team.

Professional portrait of Leigha Blake

Leigha Blake

Professional portrait of Brian Gilliland

Sr. Sgt. Brian Gilliland

Professional portrait of Tony Monroy

Chief Inv. Tony Monroy


Kristina Daniel

Professional portrait of Jeremy Stepps

Jeremy Stepps


Michael Green

Three retirees serve as part-time investigators at the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators Rhonda Jackson, Paul McDonald, and Jim Roberts provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Division.  

Professional portrait of Rhonda Jackson

Rhonda Jackson

Professional portrait of Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald

Professional portrait of Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts


Amelia Martinez




Narcotics K9 Keelo laying in the grass

K9 Tracker sitting up


Cherokee County Children's Advocacy Center 


Press Releases