Haley appoints former cop, Boeing security official to Saluda sheriff

Published: Jun. 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM EDT
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Luther Harris Nossett Jr. (Source: Saluda County)
Luther Harris Nossett Jr. (Source: Saluda County)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen a former cop and Boeing security official as the new sheriff in Saluda County after Jason Booth's indictment and resignation.

Haley on Tuesday signed an order appointing Luther Harris Nossett Jr. of Batesburg-Leesville to the post.

A resume released by Haley's office says Nossett spent 20 years with the Farifax County, VA Police Department before joining Boeing in 1993.

"We are happy to appoint Luther Nossett as interim Saluda Sheriff," said Haley. "He comes with strong experience, respect, and knowledge of the community. We believe he will serve the citizens well until we get a permanent sheriff after the November elections when the people decide."

Booth resigned Thursday after a state grand jury indicted him on one charge of misconduct in office.

Booth was charged with using an inmate to work on his private property. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he is convicted.

Nossett retired from Boeing in 2009, but has been certified as a reserve deputy by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

He was doing volunteer work at the Saluda County Sheriff's Office.

Copyright 2012 WIS. the Associated Press contributed to this report.