Dorchester Co. names detention center in honor of Sheriff L. C. Knight

.(Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 2:10 PM EDT
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DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office says they are renaming the county detention center to honor L. C. Knight’s 12 years of service as Dorchester County sheriff.

Lt. Rick Carson said the Dorchester County Council honored the sheriff by changing the name of the Dorchester County Detention Center on Friday.

Going forward, the sheriff’s office says the name will be The Sheriff L. C. Knight Dorchester County Detention Center.

The Dorchester County Council wanted to recognize the many years of law enforcement service Sheriff Knight has given to the Lowcountry and Dorchester County, Carson said.

Knight’s dedication to the area and county is evident when taking a look at his career.

The sheriff’s office says Knight originally served the area as a SLED agent for twenty-eight years. However, after 28 years of service to the state, Knight was elected sheriff in 2008 and started his tenure at the beginning of 2009.

Upon taking office, one of Knight’s first goals was to have a state-of-the-art facility built to replace the antiquated jail in St. George. That facility Knight inherited was built for about 150 inmates, but sometimes was expected to house over 300.

In terms of design and construction, Knight was instrumental in the production of the new facility.

Deputies say the new detention center will last for years to come and the facility is repeatedly used as an example of what detention facilities should be.

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