Letters to the Editor – May 18, 2016

Re-Elect Sheriff Wayne Byrd

By way of introduction, I am a retired Assistant Director with SLED and I have known Sheriff Wayne Byrd for more than 25 years, having met him early in his and my career. I knew then that with his work ethic he was going places. I was so pleased when he ran for Sheriff and am even happier to see that he has offered for re-election.

Sheriff Byrd has never run from tough issues and has been tenacious in his efforts to rid Darlington County of drugs and other crimes. I remember him as he rose through the ranks to Captain at the Darlington Police Department before offering for Sheriff. He has always approached investigations the same way regardless of the social status of the offender and was always approachable by the citizens. What a tribute to this fine man and the way he does Darlington County’s business; fairness for all citizens. He is a fair-minded person who demands professionalism of himself and his staff. During his tenure as Sheriff, he has tackled many tough issues with dignity and with the bright thing in mind. I think Sheriff Byrd does an excellent job.

If I lived in Darlington County, I would vote for the re-election of Wayne Byrd as Sheriff, but since I do not live there, I wanted everyone to know how I feel. I have friends in Darlington County and I hope you feel as I do and support the re-election of my friend Wayne Byrd for Sheriff. He has done a great job, is a true professional and friend, but his work is not completed yet.

Steven A. Smith
Assistant Director SLED (Retired)
Columbia, S.C.

Author: Duane Childers

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