New Charleston County sheriff cuts ties with 2 longtime deputies

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says two of its deputies who started their tenure under the previous sheriff will not continue under the agency’s new sheriff.

Sheriff Kristin Graziano took over the sheriff’s office Tuesday and has been swearing in deputies under her administration for the last two days, Capt. Roger Antonio said.

He said Graziano decided not to swear in Chief Deputy Willis Beatty, who has been with the agency since March 1990; and Lt. David Willoughby, who has been with the agency since October 1988.

Beatty served as the administrator of the Al Cannon Detention Center and was named Jail Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Jail Administrators Association in 2019, according to a post from the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page.

Antonio said the two officers were notified Tuesday that they would not be sworn in.

The sheriff’s office did not elaborate on the decision.

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