Governor Nikki Haley has appointed an interim sheriff in Fairfield County, one day after longtime sheriff Herman Young announced his resignation due to health reasons.
Haley announced her decision Wednesday, naming Capt. Dunstan Padgett, 58, to the post. He was sworn into office later that day. Padgett’s term will last until voters choose a permanent sheriff in a future special election.
Padgett is a 26-year veteran of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, working in narcotics and in the patrol division. He also served 27 years in the South Carolina National Guard. While in the guard, he was deployed to Kosovo in 2004 and in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008.
In a statement Tuesday, Young said he was leaving after 22 years on the job for health reasons. He later told WIS he had been having heart troubles in recent years.
Padgett also plans to run for the office again in the special election, according to The State newspaper.