Haley appoints new sheriff for Fairfield County

Published: Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM EDT
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Dunstan C. Padgett (Source: Fairfield County Sheriff's Office)
Dunstan C. Padgett (Source: Fairfield County Sheriff's Office)

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Calling her choice "fit and proper," Gov. Nikki Haley has quickly found a replacement for departing Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young.

An executive order signed by the governor on Wednesday has appointed sheriff's Capt. Dunstan C. Padgett of Winnsboro, to become the new sheriff until a special election is held to replace Young.

Padgett has been with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office since 1988. He's served as a deputy sheriff and worked with narcotics and the patrol department.

He is also retired from the South Carolina National Guard with over 27 years of experience in places like Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Young submitted his resignation on Tuesday, citing health reasons as the motivating factor behind leaving the sheriff's office.

Haley issued a statement after Young's resignation, calling him an "amazing public servant."

"We are proud to celebrate his wonderful years of service," said Haley. "He is moving on from this post the same way he led the community of Fairfield County, with strength and grace. Michael and I, along with everyone in South Carolina, owe him a debt of gratitude."

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