Special election scheduled for Berkeley County sheriff

Special election scheduled for Berkeley County sheriff

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A special election will be held in April to determine who will be named Berkeley County sheriff following Wednesday's resignation of now former sheriff Wayne DeWitt.

Berkeley County Elections and Voter Registration Director Adam Hammons announced Friday primary elections for Berkeley County Sheriff will be held Tuesday, April 21, with a primary runoff scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 if needed. The special election will then be held Tuesday, June 9.

Hammons says filing for the office will begin at noon on Friday, February 20 and close at noon on Monday, March 2.

DeWitt announced his resignation "effective immediately" Wednesday, over a month after his December arrest in connection with a hit-and-run in Berkeley County.

"I am convinced that the best way to begin to restore the public trust is for me to resign from the Office of Sheriff of Berkeley County," DeWitt said in a statement released Wednesday.

The former sheriff was arrested in Hanahan on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident on Dec. 28, 2014.

Captain Rick Ollic will serve as acting Berkeley County sheriff until a new sheriff is elected.

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