Quentin Miller was born and raised in Asheville and graduated from Asheville High School in 1981. Quentin joined the U.S. Army in 1983 where he served as a Military Policeman. His tours included Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Irwin, California; and two overseas tours in Germany.

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While stationed at Fort Bragg in 1985, Quentin met soldier Karen Sconiers who he has been happily married to for 31 years, they have raised six children and now enjoy spending time with their nine grandchildren. Quentin and Karen have also fostered more than 100 children in their home since 2005.

Quentin returned home to Buncombe County in 1994 and joined the Asheville Police Department. Quentin is a highly decorated officer and served as a member of the Asheville Police Department’s original community policing unit "PACT", where he received Officer of the Year and the Overall Regional Award for initiating a street ministry and midnight basketball program for at risk youth. He also led a job training program for unemployed community members, and ran a summer camp for at risk youth for nearly a decade.

Quentin holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Department of Justice and graduated from the Administrative Officers Management Program at N.C. State.

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Quentin is committed to increasing diversity and equity throughout our community. As a School Resource Officer, he has helped to re-direct youth out of the Schools to Prison Pipeline. Quentin was honored for initiating a street ministry and midnight basketball series for at-risk youth.

Quentin walks the talk. He served as Chair of Symphony to The Block, Chair of a job training program for unemployed and under-employed residents, and helped to found Just Folks, which initiated and manages the Triangle Park Mural, celebrating African-American culture and heritage in Buncombe County.


Our nation is experiencing an historic reckoning with over-policing, criminalization of youth and people of color, and police brutality. Our County is grappling with the fall-out of an investigation into our former County Manager. As Sheriff, Quentin will instill a culture of transparency and accountability to re-build public trust and legitimacy.


Quentin recognizes that Deputies must be ready to address challenges including an opiate epidemic, evolving technologies, changing laws, and a growing mental health crisis. To that end, Quentin will empower Deputies with exemplary de-escalation training and the most effective equipment to keep the community safe and officers safe.