Governor: New Berkeley Co. sheriff to be named by Wednesday

VIDEO: Governor expects to name interim Berkeley Co. sheriff by Wednesday

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley says by Wednesday afternoon, Berkeley County will have a new sheriff.

Haley made the comment following a job expansion announcement on Daniel Island Tuesday afternoon.

Haley did not name the person she plans to appoint as sheriff for the county until a special election decides who will permanently serve.

Primary elections for the Berkeley County Sheriff's race are set for April 21, with a primary runoff scheduled on Tuesday, May 5 if necessary. The special election will then happen on Tuesday, June 9.

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

Captain Rick Ollic has been serving as acting Berkeley County sheriff until a new sheriff was either elected or until a temporary sheriff was appointed.

Berkeley County lawmakers asked Haley to appoint retired SLED agent Calvitt "Chab" Clarke to run the office in the interim. Sen. Larry Grooms said he and the four other senators who represent Berkeley County submitted Clarke's name to the Governor's Office on Feb. 5, the day after former Sheriff Wayne DeWitt resigned.

DeWitt's resignation followed criticism and multiple protests stemming from a Dec. 28 arrest. Authorities say DeWitt drove more than 100 mph, ignored a red light and nearly lost control of his county pickup truck following a hit-and-run accident.

An incident report said DeWitt's truck struck the rear of another vehicle, causing $7,000 in damage before he sped off.

DeWitt was first elected sheriff in 1994.

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