Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election.
In a video posted on Facebook, Matthews said that he initially intended to seek re-election, until a deputy within his ranks expressed interest in the role.
Matthews said the sheriff’s department had to plan for the long term; this “young leader is without a doubt the future of our department,” he said.
“He has the respect of the men and women of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office,” said Matthews of the unnamed deputy. “I am more than confident that he will continue to move our sheriff’s office forward.”
Matthews, who did not name the deputy, said the deputy will soon announce that he’s seeking to become the sheriff.
Matthews was elected in 2010.
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