Berkeley County Sheriff candidates lay out agendas for department's future

VIDEO: Berkeley County Sheriff's candidates meet in forum

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - With less than a week for Berkeley County voters to decide who they want to lead the sheriff's department, dozens attended a candidates forum sponsored by the local chapter of the National Action Network.

For two hours the candidates who showed up were grilled on their vision for the Berkeley County Sheriffs Office.

Anthony Smalls, who currently works for the sheriffs department, is the Democrat nominee.

"I've worked with the Berkeley County Sheriffs Office consistently for 26 years, 21 years patrolling, 5 years as a detective," he said. "Worked under 3 sheriffs. I've seen how it's done."

M.C. Bellew, the former Police Chief in Hanahan, is a write-in candidate. He says he plans to manage the Sheriff's office with the objective serving the people of Berkeley County.

"I don't intend to go in there and not manage the sheriff's department any other way but by management by objective," Bellew said. "That objective is going to be to serve the people of Berkeley County."

The other write-in candidate is former Highway Trooper Derrick Burbage. Burbage also has experience as a deputy. He contends the sheriff's office needs someone with his skill set who knows how to run a business.

"It's not about someone who can stop cars and hand out tickets. That's not a sheriff's job," Burbage said. "His job is to manage the business. A lot of candidates are lacking in that area."

Notably missing from the forum was the Republican primary winner Duane Lewis.  And though they weren't on the program, dozens of people showed up to support a write-in campaign aimed at electing Brian Adams.

Election day for the Sheriff's race is Tuesday.

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