SC Sheriffs’ Association issues statement after Lewis’ indictment

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COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association issued a statement Wednesday following Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis being indicted on misconduct and obstruction of justice charges.

The following is the full statement from the sheriffs’ association:

“The Members of the SC Sheriffs’ Association are truly saddened by the events surrounding Sheriff Lewis’ indictment. Numerous lives and families will be impacted by this process, but criminal allegations against elected officials – especially Sheriffs – cannot be ignored. Therefore, we are excited and encouraged – both for the citizens of Greenville County and the men and women of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office – by the return of Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown. Sheriff Brown has a long history of serving and protecting the citizens of Greenville County with integrity and honor. His wealth of knowledge, experience, and commitment to excellence will serve the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office well during this time of turbulence.”

We reported in November 2017 that the sheriff’s association terminated Lewis’ membership after a special called meeting.

The association said at the time that the “termination comes in response to conduct that we deem to be detrimental to the interests of this Association, and more importantly, detrimental to the Office of Sheriff in South Carolina.”

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