Pickens County Sheriff C. David Stone has been selected as the 2012 South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Sheriff of the Year.
Sheriffs are responsible for enforcing State law and county ordinances, and South Carolina has long deemed a sheriff to be the chief law enforcement officer of the county.
As the chief law enforcement officer of Pickens County for over forty years, Sheriff Stone has guided the Sheriff’s Office through numerous evolutions in crime and the ways to combat it.
His genuine concern for the citizens of his county is apparent from his years of public service both as a law enforcement officer, and a volunteer fireman.
A former president of both the S.C. Sheriff’s Association and the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association, he has committed his adult life to serving those in his community.
The diligent efforts by Sheriff Stone and his deputies have resulted in Pickens County having either the first, second or third lowest violent crime rates in South Carolina for more than a decade.
Sheriff Stone recently received accolades from the U.S. Marshals Service because every month, his deputies physically verify the reported residencies of the 243 registered sex offenders living in Pickens County. No other law enforcement agency in the State monitors sex offenders so closely.
On June 26, Stone will face challenger Rick Clark in a runoff election.