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Wayne DeWitt
Berkeley County Sheriff

$99,757.75 - County salary
$139,134.07 - Total county salary & employer paid benefits
Term expires December 2014

Sheriff H. Wayne DeWitt began his law enforcement career in 1972 as a Patrolman with the Holly Hill Police Department.  During his tenure, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant before moving on to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office in 1974.

He progressed through the ranks, eventually serving as Chief Deputy. In 1992, he resigned from the Sheriff's Office and accepted a position as a Controlled Substance Inspector for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

In 1994, he offered for and was subsequently elected as the Sheriff of Berkeley County South Carolina in January 1995.  He has run, unopposed, in each of the following two elections.

Sheriff DeWitt is a graduate of Holly Hill High School and attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and the National Sheriff's Institute. Throughout his 40 year law enforcement career, Sheriff DeWitt has attended and graduated from numerous specialized training courses.

Sheriff DeWitt is a Past President of the South Carolina Sheriff's Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He is a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the McArthur Masonic Lodge in Goose Creek, South Carolina. He is also a member of the Omar Shrine Temple. Sheriff DeWitt has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Berkeley Electric Co-Operative for the past 21 years.

  • Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Graduated from Holly Hill High School in 1969
  • Attended the Citadel from 1969-1972
  • Graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 1973
  • Employed by Holly Hill Police Department from 1972-1974
  • Employed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department from 1974-1992
  • Employed by the Controlled Substance Office of MUSC as Investigator from 1992-1994
  • Elected Sheriff of Berkeley County in 1994
  • Serving as Sheriff of Berkeley County since January of 1995
  • Member of the Smyrna Methodist Church
  • Member of the McArthur Masonic Lodge, Goose Creek
  • Is a Scottish Rite Mason
  • Member of the Omar Shrine Temple
  • Past President of the South Carolina Sheriff's Association
  • Has served on Berkeley Electric Cooperative's (BEC) Board of Trustees for twenty one years
    Serves on the Bylaw, Planning, Policy, Audit, and Executive Committees of BEC

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