Year of birth: 1984
Number of years living in the county you seek to represent: 25 years
Family (name of spouse, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children): Wife-Jennifer Britt, Daughter- Logan Britt (6 months)
Education: Associates Degree Criminal Justice
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Current occupation/employer: Richland County Sheriff’s Department
Employment, military and volunteer history: Natur-Chem, Congressman Joe Wilson’s Office, SLED, Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where: N/A
Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office: N/A
Other political and government experience:
Worked in the Office of Congressman Joe Wilson.
Key endorsements you’ve received:
I’m not accepting any endorsements from any politician, an approach that I hope demonstrates the kind of service I’ll provide. (I believe our next Sheriff must be free from political influence in order to properly serve our county.)
1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position?
I don’t have the ties to politicians or campaign donors that other candidates do. As such, I’ll be free to devote all of my attention to our county’s law enforcement needs, without conflicts of interest or political interference.
I’m the only candidate who has worked for a large law enforcement agency. I’m much more familiar with the rigors and challenges that a sheriff’s department faces.
I’m a “boots on the ground” investigator, which gives me first-hand insights into the challenges facing front-line officers.
I’ve established a solid record of outstanding service, and a reputation for professionalism and dedication.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected?
Answer 1: Restore public trust by implementing some accountability reforms:
-- Require that financial and accounting positions be filled with certified public accountants (CPAs), which are specially trained to prevent and/or catch mismanagement and abuse.
-- Greater transparency in Sheriff’s Department operations; easy access to public records and all other relevant information
-- High standards for accountability and ethics for all personnel
-- End patronage and favoritism. No more hiring friends. All personnel should be hired based on their qualifications
Answer 2: Improve service:
- Find ways to reduce response times, such as creating more, smaller regional districts
- Transfer management of county jail away from Sheriff’s Department, freeing up Sheriff’s Department to focus on fighting crime.
- Make sure all schools have the protection of a School Resource Officer
Answer 3: Find ways to boost and maintain morale, including holiday pay for Sheriff’s Department personnel who work Christmas Day and other holidays. (Currently, Sheriff’s Department personnel are the only county employees that don’t receive holiday pay.)
3. Describe your philosophy as it relates to policing:
I’m a hands-on, boots-on-the-ground lawman. My job is to keep people safe, and to do so professionally, impartially and without fanfare. I believe law enforcement is a noble pursuit, and I take my work seriously.
4. How will your political positions and affiliation influence the way you police?
I’ll go the extra mile to remain free from politics. I’ll devote all of my efforts to the safety and security of the people I serve – and I’ll do so without regard for political affiliation, political influence, or other ulterior interests.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics complaint filed against you? If so, please give the details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?
I’m a Sunday School teacher at Northside Baptist Church.