ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Leroy Ravenell will be the next sheriff of Orangeburg County after winning the seat left vacant by the death of Sheriff Larry Williams in September.
"On day one I want to come in and sit down and work on a plan with my team and start working on crime in Orangeburg," Ravenell said just minutes after beating Republican Allen Hiott by a 4-1 margin.
Ravenell's election comes with mixed emotions for residents who are still grieving the loss of Williams. "We are sad that we lost Sheriff Williams," said poll worker Jamye Myers. "He was a great man in our community and many people, many people looked up to him."
Williams served as sheriff for 10 years. Those who knew and admired him say Williams' unexpected death just three months ago not only left an empty seat in the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department, but also a void in the county that some say will be hard to fill.
"We are all hoping this new sheriff that comes in will actually be somebody that can pull those ties back together and make Orangeburg better than it has ever been," said Myers.
Ravenell's swearing-in ceremony is February 4. Officials say voters barely turned out at the polls.