Law enforcement veteran announces candidacy for RCSD sheriff in 2020

Law enforcement veteran announces candidacy for RCSD sheriff in 2020
Updated: Jul. 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM EDT
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 20-year law enforcement veteran has announced his candidacy for Richland County Sheriff in 2020.

Jason Roberts announced his candidacy on Thursday, touting a long career as a member of the Midlands law enforcement community in a statement released Thursday.

The statement says:

After much thought and consideration, I would like to humbly announce my intent to seek the office of the Richland County Sheriff in 2020. I have served the citizens of Richland County for the past 20 plus years in my capacity as a law enforcement officer. With your help, I would like to continue to serve the citizens of Richland County as your next Sheriff. My God-given purpose in life is to serve and help people that cannot help themselves.

I know that I am capable of being the best Sheriff that Richland County has ever had, but I cannot do that without your help. I am asking for you to join with me on this journey and support my campaign to become your next Sheriff. Together, we can make Richland County one of the safest counties in America!

Jason is a 20-year law enforcement veteran who began his career with the Richland County Sheriff's Department in 1995 at the age of 21 under Sheriff Allen Sloan. Jason worked for the Richland County Sheriff's Department for a total of 14-years.

While employed at the Sheriff's Department, Jason worked as a Court Security Deputy, Field Training Officer, Assistant Shift Supervisor, Traffic Safety Deputy, Special Response Team Member and a large portion of his career was spent working with the most elite unit of the Richland County Sheriff's Department, The CAT Team (Community Action Team), where he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and supervised other CAT Team Deputies. Jason left the Richland County Sheriff's Department on two occasions to pursue other opportunities.

When Jason resigned from the Richland County Sheriff's Department the final time, he was eligible and, on the list, to be promoted to Uniform Patrol Sergeant. Jason has also worked as the Chief of Police in the Town of Eastover and as a Patrol Officer at the Columbia Police Department.

While employed at the Columbia Police Department, Jason worked on the Pro-Active Community Enforcement Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and the Community Response Team. Jason also served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Police and was appointed as the Coordinator of the Mayor's Security Detail, where he was assigned to City Hall and worked directly for the Mayor of the City of Columbia. Jason is currently the CEO of Affinity Solutions of South Carolina, which is a private investigation, private security, and security consulting firm.

Roberts would run against long-time Sheriff Leon Lott, who has been the sheriff since 1996, according to his RCSD website.

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