BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Election officials say eight candidates have officially filed to become the next Berkeley County Sheriff following the resignation of former Sheriff Wayne DeWitt.
Potential candidates seeking to become the next Berkeley County Sheriff have until noon on Monday, March 2 to file for the vacant position.
According to Election Commission Director Adam Hammonds, the following candidates have filed:
- Duane Lewis - Police Chief of Santee Cooper Security
- Brian Adams - Lieutenant with North Charleston Police Department
- Gerry Merrithew - Charleston County Aviation Authority Police
- Chad Caldwell - Police Chief with Moncks Corner Police Department
- James "Will" Rogers - Lieutenant with Berkeley County Sheriff's Office
- Ricky Driggers - Former Chief Deputy with Berkeley County Sheriff's Office
- Marty Housand
- Calvitt "Chab" Clark
All candidates have filed as republicans.
The primary election for the Berkeley County Sheriff's race is set for April 21. A primary runoff, if necessary, will narrow the field of candidates on Tuesday, May 5.
Voters will then select their choice to fill the seat on Tuesday, June 9.
On Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley appointed C.W. "Butch" Henerey, of Moncks Corner as acting sheriff until the new sheriff is elected.
DeWitt resigned on February 4 amid criticism and protests stemming from his December 28 arrest on charges of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.
Authorities say DeWitt struck another vehicle in his county pickup truck, causing $7,000 in damage, then sped off, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. DeWitt reportedly ignored a red light and nearly lost control of his vehicle during a subsequent pursuit, authorities say.
Additional candidates are expected to file before the March 2 deadline.