Richland County Deputy Mike Lee plays basketball with kids and explains why he became a cop. Mike Lee has been with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for a little more than a year. The 22-year-old is a transplant to the South, having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago. His dad inadvertently inspired him when he was 7 or 8 years old during a mundane trip in the family car. His parents, sister and Lee spotted two men beating another man with 2-by-4s. His father, who works in information technologu, intervened when none of the other bystanders would.