West Columbia police chief running for Lexington County sheriff

Published: Dec. 11, 2014 at 3:22 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2014 at 3:22 AM EST
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WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall has officially announced he will be running for Lexington County sheriff.

Chief Tyndall made that announcement Wednesday at West Columbia City Hall.

Tyndall is a 30-year veteran of the West Columbia Police Department, serving as chief for the past 17 years. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

"I'm offering my experience as a police chief for 17 years of this city and what I have built here, and I want to continue to carry this on to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department and give them the same level of service that we appreciate here in the city of West Columbia," Tyndall said.

If elected, Tyndall would replace suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts who was indicted in June on bribery charges.

Right now, no special election has been set but Tyndall says he is making the announcement in anticipation of one being held.

The general election for sheriff will be held in 2016.

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