Maye PIO

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey, left, describes his new Public Information Officer James Maye as a “hard worker, fast learner” with “great communication skills.”

MONROE — James Maye has been promoted from Sergeant to Public Information Officer Lieutenant within the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Eddie Cathey announced on Tuesday (Sept. 28).

Lt. Maye replaces Chief Communications Officer Tony Underwood, who handled the PIO responsibilities for the last 5½ years. Underwood was promoted to Chief Deputy of Operations in December 2020.

Lt. Maye was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in January 2013 and assigned as a Detention Officer to the Jail Division. He attended Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at South Piedmont Community College in 2014 and upon completion, was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff. He was assigned to the Operations Division as a patrol deputy, including nearly two years as a contract deputy in Indian Trail.

In 2017, he joined the Investigations Division where he flourished as a detective and specialized in crimes against children. After a brief stint as a Jail Sergeant, Sheriff Cathey selected Maye from a strong field of candidates to serve as the Union County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Information Officer.

Lt. Maye is a native of Union County and a graduate of Sun Valley High School.

Sheriff Cathey stated: “James Maye has proven himself as a hard worker, fast learner and a great detective. With his well-rounded law enforcement experience and great communication skills, he will do an outstanding job.”