Note: Some of the responses have been abbreviated for length and/or edited slightly for clarity
Why am I running for sheriff?
I believe that I have a plan to give back to this community and lead the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office into the future. The men and women at the sheriff’s office have all the skills and work ethic to continue to serve our citizens, but we need clear direction and stability to rebuild the relationships and trust within our community.
What is the biggest challenge facing Greenville today from a law enforcement perspective?
Relationships and transparency are two things that will help bring our community and law enforcement back together. We need to engage this community in our daily work. We need to know what our community expects of its law enforcement professionals, and our law enforcement needs to know the level of personal service our community should receive.
What would be my number one goal when first taking office, and how would I go about achieving that goal?
Developing a team concept and reallocating manpower to put more deputies in the outlying areas of the county. We currently have about 155 deputies working the assigned beat areas. We can restructure the Uniform Patrol Team to add six more deputies on a patrol shift on day one to add at least three deputies to our northern and southern parts of the county.
What distinguishes you as a candidate?
I have worked the road answering calls and dealing directly with citizens. I have heard the concerns from citizens as well as deputies who are our first point of face-to-face contact. I didn’t wait until retirement to run for this office. I resigned my position to run because I truly believe we can make things better and this community safer.
What’s something people might not know about you?
Well, I think if you run for any type of office, there is not much people do not know about you. But when I was a teenager I was part of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Post 817 and I was chosen to represent South Carolina at the FBI National Academy and the Boy Scout Jamboree held in Virginia.