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Sheriff James R. Metts

Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Employees of the Quarter

Lt. Kevin Blackmon and retired Deputy Timothy “Tim” Darling received recognition on Thursday, May 9 as the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Employees of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2013.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected Blackmon and Darling to be recognized as the Employees of the Quarter.

During a Sheriff’s Department employee awards ceremony, Blackmon and Darling also received the Sheriff’s Medal, which is the highest law enforcement honor that Metts can bestow.

Blackmon, 36, of Lexington, supervises the Court Services Division and Warrant Division, Metts said. On May 11, 2004, Metts appointed Blackmon to serve as a deputy. Darling, 62, of Gilbert, retired on February 8 as a training officer in the Training Division.

Blackmon received recognition for coordinating the annual Sheriff’s Department Holiday Toy and Food Drive in 2012, Metts said. As a result of the generosity of Sheriff’s Department employees, citizens and businesses, more than 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and more than 6,000 toys were donated to persons who needed assistance. Blackmon and other employees also delivered 935 pounds of food to 71 families in Lexington County who needed assistance and clothes and toys to 255 children in Lexington County who needed assistance.

“Kevin undertook this project even though his mother was terminally ill and later passed away. Kevin demonstrated great leadership in the face of personal hardship,” Metts said. “Kevin’s commitment to ensure that persons who needed assistance were able to experience the joy of the Christmas holiday season provided inspiration for all of his fellow employees.”

Darling received recognition for his 34 years of service to citizens in Lexington County, Metts said. Darling worked as a resident deputy, school resource officer and training officer. Darling also served on the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). Darling received the Sheriff’s Department Community Service Award, Major Tactical Operation Contribution Award, Major Case Contribution Award and Master Marksman Award.

“Tim cared deeply for citizens in Lexington County as well as his fellow law enforcement officers,” Metts said. “His compassion and concern for other people will be sorely missed.”

During the employee awards ceremony, Col. Melvin “Mel” Seboe, 65, of Lexington, received the Sheriff’s Department 40-Year Honorable Service Award. On January 1, 1973, Metts appointed Seboe to serve as a deputy.

In 1975, Seboe became the first Sheriff’s Department deputy to be certified as a hazardous device technician, Metts said. Seboe attained re-certification in 2009 as a hazardous device technician and is the oldest and longest-serving hazardous device technician in the United States.

In 1973, Seboe bought one bloodhound, Drew, and implemented a Man-Tracking Team at the Sheriff’s Department, Metts said. Seboe graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in 1980. Seboe has been married to his wife, Jayne, for 31 years and has two sons, one daughter, two stepsons and five grandchildren.

“Over the years, Mel has served as a mentor and role model for many deputies,” Metts said. “Mel has been committed to fulfilling our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.”

During the employee awards ceremony, Master Deputy William Glenn Davis, 50, of Leesville, received the Sheriff’s Medal, Metts said. Davis retired on February 3 after serving more than eight years with the Sheriff’s Department.

During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Department, Davis served as a deputy, victim assistance officer and master deputy with the Lake Murray Marine Patrol, Metts said. Davis received the Sheriff’s Department Life Saving Award, Major Case Contribution Award, Special Achievement Award and Red Cross Blood Donor Award.


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