Note: Some of the responses have been abbreviated for length and/or edited slightly for clarity
Why am I running for sheriff?
I want to make Greenville County work collectively together in the sheriff’s office and in the community to make it the safest place in South Carolina. I’ve lived here my entire life. Everyone I know and love lives right here. I’m a professional law enforcement officer. This is my entire life, and I have the commitment to make real positive changes.
What is the biggest challenge facing Greenville today from a law enforcement perspective?
It all goes down to one word inside the agency and out- relationships. We have poor relationships as a law enforcement agency with the community. Because there’s a lack of manpower, there’s poor response times. We’ve failed to meet that need, and because we don’t have the number of investigators that we need, investigations are lacking too. The sheriff needs to have a strong relationship with county council so we can make positives changes on that – with better pay, retirement, benefits. That’s why people up and leave. All that can be fixed through relationships.
What would be my number one goal when first taking office, and how would I go about achieving that goal?
I plan on creating what I call a ‘new command climate’ – a new law enforcement culture here in Greenville County that’s inclusive to our whole community. I want people to feel welcome to the sheriff’s office, to share ideas and work together, community and law enforcement, to make Greenville better. That happens by changing the culture. It all starts with leadership.
What distinguishes you as a candidate?
When you look at my overall experience, I have all the federal experience from managing and supervising our federal task force, everything from joint terrorism, to FBI, to ATF, to the DEO – I bring all the federal-side investigation experience to the table. Additionally when it comes to investigations, I have all the state and local training as well from running our narcotics unit, gang unit, property crimes unit and so forth. I have tactical side from being a 14-year SWAT team member. I’m currently working with young people, the elderly and mental health programs for the community. I’m out here doing the work already.
What’s something people might not know about you?
I’m claustrophobic and afraid of heights, so of course I decided to become a private airplane pilot. There’s no quit in me when it comes to things like that.