Year of birth: 1962
Number of years living in the county you seek to represent: 18
Family (name of spouse, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children):
Kathy. One son 17. Two daughters
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Education: Double Masters: Management/Leadership. Human Resources Management
Current occupation/employer: 2010-Department Chair and Lead Faculty. College of Criminal Justice and Security. University of Phoenix, Columbia Ground Campus
Employment, military and volunteer history:
01/1981-01/1985. US Navy. Honorable discharged
02/1986-02-2014. US Air Force Reserves. Retired with 33 years combined service
10/1988-06/1998. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (Patrol, County Drug Agent,
DEA Task Force, Fugitive Investigator, SWAT, Helicopter Unit Observer, Marine
07/1998-10/1999. West Columbia PD. Community Oriented Police Officer (Brookland community)
11/1999-05/2014. SC Criminal Justice Academy. Lead Instructor, Domestic
Violence Training Program, Training Coordinator Emergency Telecommunicator Certification Program, Narcotics Undercover Course, Detective Course, Prevention and Detection of Terrorist Acts, Active Shooter, etc.
Cub Scout leader (six years)
Girls Soccer Coach
T-Ball assistant coach
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where: None
Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office: None
Other political and government experience: Worked making phone calls for Katrina Sealy’s write-in campaign
Key endorsements you’ve received:
(Personal endorsement) Victor N. Webster. Founder of Law Enforcement Advocacy Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/protectourofficers
(Personal endorsement) Capt. Doug Wright. Director National Criminal Enforcement Association. https://www.facebook.com/groups/77420981080/
1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.)
Every person is a collection of all of their experiences throughout life. The traveling Magi or wise men of old times brought back information and education from faraway places, which in turn were either implemented or discarded. Of the four candidates for this vacant seat, I believe I possess the broadest experience in the field of criminal justice. I have visited all 46 counties in this state and had an opportunity to see various degrees of excellence. I have visited other states also. I have sat in many committees such as the Hispanic-Latino Issues Committee, the Anti-Biased Enforcement Committee (antiracial profiling), the DSS’ Child Protective Services Committee, and the Adult Protective Services Coordinating Committee.
I also possess education from two different perspectives. I taught management and leadership for the Air Force, and I teach for the School of Business as well as Criminal Justice for the University of Phoenix. I believe in Continuous Improvement not staying stagnant. I have experience in large budgets and possess emotional intelligence to deal with tough personnel issues.
Finally yet importantly, I stand on time-tested principles. I have had disagreements with many but I can assure you that on every fallout, it was because I would not cave on the simple principle that all human beings have rights and should be treated with dignity.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected?
I. Transparency in Hiring. Hire integrity and good moral character — train for skill. Set the agency on a course to develop into a High Performance Organization. A high performance organization is an organization that diminishes political cronyism in favor of transactional justice and transparency. High performance members form high performance teams, which work, towards common goals; we have a high performance organization.
II. Move the agency from a Limited Services agency into a Full Service organization. Provide traffic collision investigations and assistance. Create an Organized Crime Investigations unit. Lexington County Sheriff’s Office is a limited services agency. They choose which services they will provide and pass along what they do not wish to attend to. Traffic accidents for example, are transferred to the SC Highway Patrol, which has the lowest number of members ever. Families and businesspersons spend hours waiting on a trooper. In many other “full service” agencies deputies handle accidents, thereby relieving pressure from the public.
Every call will be logged on the computer when received and will not be cleared until a deputy responds to it. This includes assistance to other agencies. Provide traffic assistance like the DOT SHEP units but on county roads.
III. Reallocate resources and priorities. Return deputies from special assignments to patrol division and replace them with administrative personnel or retired veterans. Far too many deputies are performing administrative duties. A seasoned deputy earns from 40-50 thousand dollars plus another 25-30% in overhead. Returning as many as 30 deputies to patrol duties would increase services exponentially with minimal impact on the budget.
3. Describe your philosophy as it relates to policing.
Policing is the backbone of any law enforcement agency. Services for the community must be performed with a customer service centric atmosphere. Law enforcement agencies do not exist in spite of the residents, they exist because of the trust residents place in it. The currency between the community and its protectors is “trust”. Without it, we are bankrupt. If the public cannot trust its protectors, whom can they turn to? An effective law enforcement agency must be able to sense and be responsive to the changing needs of the community. This is accomplished through an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect, as no other body has so much at stake on the sheriff’s office as the community does.
4. How will your political positions and affiliation influence the way you police?
When considering my run for office I first consulted with my wife. Second, I consulted with my children as they visited for the holidays. Thirdly, I consulted with professional colleagues that did not live inside Lexington County and had to gain or lose from my decision to run. I know many great individuals but I cannot call anyone outside of my family a true friend. My affiliations are professional in nature.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics complaint filed against you? If so, please give the details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?
Selected on a scholarship to attend the United Ways’ Blueprint for Leadership program. United Way of the Midlands provides Blueprint for Leadership, a professional development course targeting future community leaders. The program prepares diverse groups of individuals for volunteer service in positions of leadership in the nonprofit sector.