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Captain Adam Myrick, Public Information Officer, 803-785-2415

A. Lewis McCarty Sworn is as 38th Sheriff of Lexington County

Lexington County Sheriff Alfred “Lewis” McCarty was sworn-in as the 38th Sheriff of Lexington County at a ceremony which was held on Wednesday, June 18 at the Lexington County Judicial Center, 205 E Main Street, Lexington.

The Honorable Royce Knox McMahon, who serves as an 11th Circuit Court Judge, conducted a special session of court in order to administer the oath of office for the newly appointed Sheriff of Lexington County, who previously served as the Assistant Sheriff at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for 26 years. McCarty, 72, becomes the 38th Sheriff of Lexington County since 1806. “I can think of no better person on this planet more qualified, and more appropriate to lead the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department than Lewis”, McMahon said during the ceremony. “For 26 years, he was the steady heartbeat of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.”

“I am humbled by the support I have received from everyone”, McCarty said after he took his oath of office. “My solemn pledge is to return the pride and integrity to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, and I will do exactly that. No more, no less.” The first recorded Sheriff of Lexington County was Thomas Herbert who was appointed to the office in 1806. The first courthouse and jail for the area was located in the town of Granby (located in present day Cayce). Back then, the Sheriff's Department was a one-man operation with the sheriff living and working in the jail and courthouse.

The early days of the Sheriff's Department were greatly influenced by the Civil War. In fact, the county's third courthouse and jail, which was located in the present day Town of Lexington and built in 1838, was set afire and destroyed in February 1865 by Union Army troops under the command of General William T. Sherman. Many Lexington County Sheriffs were veterans of the Civil War to include George Swygert, Samuel Roof, Henry Geiger, Samuel Drafts, and George Drafts.


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