Year of birth: 1972
Number of years living in the county you seek to represent: I am a lifelong resident of Lexington County. I’ve called Lexington home for over 42 years.
Family (name of spouse, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children): I married my high school sweetheart, Kim. We have two Children, Katie (12) & Jacob (14).
Education: I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice.
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Current occupation/employer: For the last 20 years, I have been a certified law enforcement officer with the Town of Lexington Police Department. Since 2006 I have served as Assistant Chief of Police.
Employment, military and volunteer history: I began my law enforcement career with the U.S.C. Division of Law Enforcement and Safety while still enrolled in college. After graduation, I joined the Town of Lexington Police Department and have strived to provide professional service and proven leadership there for over 20 years. I’ve held positions such as Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Watch Commander, Special Operations Lieutenant, and most recently, Assistant Chief of Police. After Governor Haley appointed Lewis McCarty Lexington County Sheriff, I had the honor to serve on his transitional leadership team to help move the sheriff’s department forward. I am also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and currently serve as President of the South Carolina chapter.
In my free time, I volunteer as a youth baseball coach, Lexington School District One Ambassador, serve on the Lexington Technology Center’s Advisory Board, and am an active member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association and the Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers’ Association.
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where: I am a professional law enforcement officer. I am not a politician. I have never held elected office.
Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office: As a career law enforcement officer, I have never sought elected office.
Other political and government experience: As a member of the Town of Lexington Police Department, I have worked with elected officials to maximize limited resource and ensure the safety of our communities. As Assistant Chief of Police, I have gained the supervisory and administrative experience necessary to lead the sheriff’s department and manage its personnel.
Key endorsements you’ve received:
Gov. Nikki Haley
Governor Haley-appointee Lewis McCarty, Interim Lexington County Sheriff.
1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.) Having been involved in law enforcement since the early-1990s, my life’s work has been devoted to public service. I have long worked to make positive changes in our communities and improve the quality of life for our citizens. I am uniquely qualified to lead this office at this time. With over 20 years of law enforcement experience in Lexington County, I offer unmatched professionalism and leadership. As a former patrolman in our communities here in Lexington County with supervisory and administrative experience, I can ensure that the sheriff’s department $40 million budget is closely monitored for waste and abuse, that the 500+ employees are managed efficiently and effectively, and that taxpayer resources are safeguarded against corruption and fraud.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? I know that the rule of law is the bedrock of our nation and that fair enforcement of the law, honest government officials, and safe neighborhoods are essential to a vibrant and successful community. As your next Sheriff, I’ll focus on ensuring equality under the law, and it won’t matter if it’s an elected official, a law enforcement officer, or member of the public; I’ll work hard to end corruption and fraud while keeping elected officials honest; and I’ll continue to build relationships, focus on community oriented policing and guarantee greater accountability to taxpayers.
3. Describe your philosophy as it relates to policing. As a conservative, I know that throwing more money at a problem is rarely the best answer. In law enforcement it often takes grassroots approaches and hard work to find a solution. That’s why I am dedicated to building community connections. Over a 20-year career I have established relationships with local, state, and national law enforcement agencies that are ready to be put to work for Lexington County. As your next sheriff, I will focus on community oriented policing and build real relationships with every community in the county.
4. How will your political positions and affiliation influence the way you police? As your next Sheriff, my political positions and affiliation will have no bearing on how the law is enforced. I believe that no person is above the law and will work to end corruption and fraud. If any person – whether an elected official, law enforcement officer, or member of the public – breaks the law, I will be blind in my pursuit of justice while ensuring equality under the law. As your next sheriff, I will enforce the law without privilege, discrimination, or bias.
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. No.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details. No.
7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing? I am an Eagle Scout and our family attends Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. My wife, Kim, is a Pleasant Middle School teacher. I am an avid hunter and supporter of the 2nd amendment.