West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall pledged Wednesday to focus on faster response to calls for help and additional crime-fighting technology if elected Lexington County sheriff.
“We have to keep up with growth,” he said in kicking off his campaign.
Tight finances have held up plans for more deputies needed to reduce response lags and steps such as a local crime evidence analysis laboratory.
Tyndall said he will look for new ways to pay for those ideas.
He is one of four candidates seeking the post so far even though it’s uncertain if the election for it will happen sooner than scheduled in November 2016.
Long-time incumbent Sheriff James Metts is fighting federal charges of accepting bribes. His trial is set to start Jan. 12, with conviction leading to his removal from an office he held nearly 42 years.
Tyndall, 55, is stressing his experience as head of the 52-member city police force for 17 years.
That background makes him someone able “to hit the ground running,” he said.