SC Sheriff's Association Terminates Sheriff Lewis

Lewis responds to termination

Ed Jenson
November 13, 2017 - 6:14 pm

The South Carolina Sheriff's Association voted unanimously in a special meeting on Monday to terminate the membership of Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis.

The organization ousted Lewis "based upon conduct detrimental to the interests of the Association."

Lewis is currently facing a lawsuit which accuses him of sexual harassment and sexual assault.. 

Governor Henry McMaster, Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant, County Council, along with many other have called for Lewis to step down.

In a letter to Sheriff Lewis, the Association’s Board of Directors said, “As constitutionally elected Sheriffs, we must recognize and accept that we are given special trust and confidence by the citizens and employees whom we have been elected to serve, represent, and manage. This trust and confidence is our bond to ensure that we shall behave and act according to the highest personal and professional standards. Any conduct by an elected Sheriff in South Carolina that does not maintain the highest personal and professional standards is ultimately detrimental to the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and the Office of Sheriff in our State. Such conduct cannot be permitted.” 

The ability to suspend or terminate a membership was only introduced in 2015 following a change in the Association’s Bylaws and a string of embarrassing events involving Sheriffs. When asked for comment on the Association’s decision, Sheriff Barry Faile, President of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, said, “The gravity of our meeting today does not escape" 

Monday night, Sheriff Will Lewis responed to the termination: "As previously stated, I am continuing to focus my attention on the operations of the Sheriff's Office in order to ensure the protection of the citizens of Greenville County, and therefore will have no comment regarding the SC Sheriff's Association's decision."

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