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Home  |  News  |  Midlands sheriff named "Sheriff of the Year"

Midlands sheriff named "Sheriff of the Year"
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CALHOUN COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers has been named 2011 South Carolina Sheriff of the Year by the South Carolina Sheriff's Association.

The award is given each year to a sheriff who exhibits leadership and innovation. Summers was presented with the award at the association's annual conference last week in Hilton Head.

The sheriff's former boss, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott nominated Summers for the award. It was the first time a Calhoun County sheriff was up for the honor.

Summers has served the citizens of Calhoun County for over 23 years beginning his law enforcement career in 1987 when he was hired as a deputy with the sheriff's office. Just a year later, he was named "Deputy of the Year."

During his tenure with Calhoun County, he worked as an investigator solving numerous violent crimes. He was later promoted to Sergeant and then to Lieutenant, supervising patrol operations.

In 1994, Thomas was asked by then Police Chief Leon Lott, to serve as the Assistant Chief of Police in St. Matthews. Two years later when Chief Lott was elected sheriff of Richland County, Thomas was selected as police chief for the Town of St. Matthews where he served until 2001.


Click to view a gallery of pictures from a recent Calhoun Co. marijuana camp bust.
Summers has served as sheriff of Calhoun County since 2001 and, according to his online bio, is dedicated to bringing law breakers to justice and to improving the quality of life for residents of Calhoun County by working together to solve community problems.

In June, Summers celebrated a $2.5M marijuana camp bust in a wooded area of Calhoun County. At the time he said, "This is one of the largest grows I've seen in Calhoun County."

"This is a very significant seizure and I hope this sends a message to those who think they can get away with growing marijuana in Calhoun County," said Summers.

Investigators are still searching for the people who operated the camp.

Sheriff Summers is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, and is a graduate of the FBI Command College.

The Sheriff has lived in Calhoun County for over 40 and still resides in Cameron with his wife and children. He is a member of the Cameron Baptist Church.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15107287/midlands-s

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