Fairfield County’s sheriff has announced that he will step down from his position after more than two decades of serving the county.
According to The State Newspaper, Sheriff Herman Young said he will tenure his resignation effective Tuesday due to health concerns.
“This has not been an easy decision to make. On one hand, I have a strong passion to continue serving this great community that has supported me for so many years. On the other hand, I must think of my health and what really matters in life- my family,” Young said in a statement.
Young, elected in 1992, is the first African-American to serve as Fairfield County’s sheriff.
County officials made a statement listing some of Young’s achievements and programs started during his time as sheriff.
“Young implemented the Summer Kids Camp; the Home Alone Program which has been nationally recognized; selected as Sheriff of the Year by his colleagues; nationally recognized for solving a twenty year old murder; and also was responsible for the largest drug arrest in the history of Fairfield County. Sheriff Young has also served as President of the S.C. Sheriff’s Association,” the statement said.
Governor Nikki Haley also released a statement thanking Young for his service to the county and the state.
“We are proud to celebrate his wonderful years of service,” said Haley in the release. “He is moving on from this post the same way he led the community of Fairfield County, with strength and grace. Michael and I, along with everyone in South Carolina, owe him a debt of gratitude.”
The Sheriff’s Office said Chief Deputy Keith Lewis will act as interim sheriff until voters chose a permanent replacement in an October special election.
Patrick Ingraham contributed to this report