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Sheriff Promotes Seven Deputies


Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts promoted four Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies to serve as school resource officers, one deputy to serve as a resident deputy, one investigator to work in the Criminal Intelligence Unit and one deputy to work in the K-9 Unit.

Metts promoted Stephen “Steve” Baumgardner, 54, of Columbia, to serve as a school resource officer at CrossRoads Middle School near Irmo. Baumgardner previously served as a white-collar crime investigator. On August 4, 1997, Metts appointed Baumgardner to serve as a deputy.

Metts promoted Johnnie Nesbitt, 42, of Pelion, to serve as a school resource officer at Gilbert Middle School. Nesbitt previously served as a resident deputy in the Boiling Springs and Fairview communities. On January 7, 2002, Metts appointed Nesbitt to serve as a deputy.

Metts promoted Kevin O’Dell, 48, of Chapin, to serve as a school resource officer at Leaphart Elementary School near Irmo. O’Dell previously served as a deputy on a road patrol shift in the South Region Patrol District, which is based in Pelion. On April 5, 2004, Metts appointed O’Dell to serve as a deputy.

Metts promoted James Stokes, 28, of Lexington, to serve as a school resource officer at White Knoll High School near Lexington. Stokes previously served as a deputy on a road patrol shift in the North Region Patrol District, which is based near Irmo. On January 9, 2012, Metts appointed Stokes to serve as a deputy.

Metts promoted Jeremiah Adam Spires, 35, of West Columbia, to serve as the resident deputy in the West Columbia community. Spires previously served as a deputy on a road patrol shift in the West Region Patrol District, which is based near Gilbert. On November 13, 2012, Metts appointed Spires to serve as a deputy.

Metts promoted Brian Travis, 31, of Columbia, to serve as an investigator in the Criminal Intelligence Unit. Travis previously served as an investigator in the Major Crimes Unit. On May 7, 2007, Metts appointed Travis to serve as a deputy.

Metts promoted John Matthew Padula, 31, of Irmo, to serve as a deputy in the K-9 Unit. Padula previously served as a deputy on a road patrol shift in the North Region Patrol District. On May 28, 2012, Metts appointed Padula to serve as a deputy.



 


01/20/2015 - White Knoll Business Coalition  
01/19/2015 - Man Charged with Firing Gunshots at Deputy  
01/16/2015 - Reserve Deputies Saved Taxpayers More Than $260,000 in 2014  
01/16/2015 - Deputies Arrest Man in Stabbing Incident  
01/08/2015 - Deputies Arrest Man for Stealing Pickup Truck  
01/06/2015 - Detectives Seek Help in Identifying Robbery Suspect  
01/06/2015 - Blood Drive  
01/05/2015 - Deputies Arrest Woman for Reckless Homicide  
01/03/2015 - Man Arrested for Attempted Murder  
12/26/2014 - Shooting Investigation  
12/23/2014 - Detectives Obtain Arrest Warrants for Man in Attempted Robbery  
12/19/2014 - Deputies Arrest Man for Breaking Into Home Under Construction  
12/18/2014 - Deputies Arrest Two Men for Breaking Into Home  
12/17/2014 - Sheriff's Department Donates More Than 300 Winter Coats to Lexington Interfaith Community Services  
12/11/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputies  
12/11/2014 - Sheriff's Department Awarded Law Enforcement Accrediation for Sixth Time  
12/03/2014 - Sheriff's Department Employees Donate 2,100 Pounds of Food and 700 Toys  
12/02/2014 - Road Closures  
11/26/2014 - Coats for Kids  
11/25/2014 - Man Arrested in Stabbing Incident  
11/21/2014 - Deputy Honored by National Safety Council  
11/18/2014 - Two Persons Arrested in Fatal Shooting  
11/13/2014 - Investigators Arrest Two Additional Men in Fatal Shooting  
11/12/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Eight Deputies  
11/12/2014 - Detectives Arrest Man in Fatal Shooting  


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