In March of 2019, then Colonel Vic Maynard, a 34-year veteran of the department at the time, came out of retirement to take the colonel position under then fairly new Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers.  Maynard had previously worked for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office from 1985 until the end of 2014.

Recently, Maynard retired for a second time – this time presumably for good.

Those in the Sheriff’s Office hated to see him go, as was evidenced by a Facebook post describing the goodbye ceremony.

“A time was had at retired Deputy Chief V. Maynard’s retirement celebration,” it read.  “We gathered to honor and celebrate his remarkable career of serving and protecting our community. His impact on the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and the lives he touched is immeasurable. You have left a lasting legacy, and while we miss you, we wish you all the best in your well-deserved retirement! Thank you for your service!”

When Maynard rejoined the Sheriff’s Office five years ago, the Rhino Times called him “friendly but deadly” because, well, he seems very friendly, but it’s clear he can be deadly when the mood hits him.

Maynard was one of the first Rapid Deployment/Active Shooter Response instructors in the state of North Carolina and he even developed courses that teach rapid deployment and solo-officer rapid deployment techniques – as well as courses that teach School Resource Officers (SROs) how to respond to dangerous situations.

When Maynard arrived back in the Sheriff’s Office in 2019, he frequently spoke to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners on behalf of the office.

In addition to his experience with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Maynard served as a member of the NC Army National Guard from 1981 until 1992.  From his military training, he is certified as an expert in rifles, grenades and field artillery.

He was a graduate of High Point Central High School before he entered the Army.

During his 34 years with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Maynard’s assignments were highly varied, including work in the Detention Division, Patrol Division, Field Training, Special Operations Division, Traffic, Narcotics, Warrant Squad, the Domestic Violence Unit and the Courthouse Bailiff Division.

He also served as a SWAT team leader and he served as a certified law enforcement Instructor who has trained many officers in several basic and advanced tactical courses over the last quarter of a century.

During his storied law enforcement and military career, Maynard also received law enforcement’s Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor and Purple Heart Medal and he has also been awarded, twice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Survivor Award.   That award honors law enforcement officers who survived a life-threatening situation as a result of wearing body armor.

Other awards and commendations Maynard received during his career include being selected as Deputy Sheriff of the Year.

He also won Fox Network’s Service Beyond the Call of Duty Award, the CNN Network Distinguished Service Award and a Courage Commendation that’s given out by Guilford County Emergency Services.

In addition, he served on the NC Governors Crime Commission.

When he wasn’t engaged in protecting Guilford County citizens, Maynard liked sports, a wide range of music, and traveling – and he especially liked heading down to the North Carolina coast, where he’ll now no doubt get to spend a lot more of this time.