SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – One of the longest-serving deputies in Spartanburg County was awarded with the 2019 Solicitor’s Award for Law Enforcement Excellence during a ceremony on Tuesday.
The award was given to Master Deputy Larry Powers at Solicitor Barry Barnette’s annual Spartanburg County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner.
Powers is a 45-year law enforcement veteran, starting his career with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in 1974. Powers also spent 29 years as warden of the county’s detention center.
“Larry is an exemplary deputy with awesome work ethic,” Barnette said. “He is a great resource for prosecutors during pre-trial preparations and he has a mountain of experience to share with fellow deputies.”
Powers also received a prize package including a two-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Spartanburg, a $100 gift certificate to the Heirloom restaurant, and a BMW to drive for a weekend.
Powers was nominated and chosen by a committee of law enforcement officers from local and state agencies. Other finalists for the award included Ronnie Horn with Spartanburg Police Department; James Owens with Duncan Police Department; S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Ephraim J. Bailey; Investigator Jonathan Lawson of the Coroner’s Office and Trevor Sherbert with USC Upstate Police Department.
Tuesday’s event marked the 18th year of the dinner, which was held at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg,