Mose Highsmith literally grew up in law enforcement. He was a founding member of the Explorer Scout Post with the Wilmington Police Department in 1974 at the age of 16. He was hired as a paid Police Cadet in 1977, was sworn as a Police Officer in 1979 and worked as a patrol officer. Mose attended law school at Campbell University, graduating in 1996, and served in the Attorney General’s Office for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as the Tribal Police Attorney; an Assistant District Attorney in Haywood County, where he served on the domestic violence task force and successfully prosecuted the first marital rape case in North Carolina. He was the Sheriff’s Attorney and Legal Advisor in Henderson County from 2000 until 2005, and was in the private practice of law in the area of family and divorce law from 2005 until 2011 before returning to public service.
Highsmith currently serves as the staff attorney for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office providing legal advice and assistance to deputies in case preparation, providing assistance on personnel issues, appellate case law and legislative updates, contract review, in service training on legal issues, policy and procedure development.