For almost 16 years, Johnny Hatter has been the face of law enforcement in Sumter County. But he is retiring, and now a new man will take his place.
For most of his adult life, Tyrone Clark has worked within law enforcement in Sumter County serving in various roles that span the department.
"With the seat being vacant, I thought now would be a good time for me to run, without opposing Sheriff Hatter," said Clark.
Clark says he ran his campaign on his experience and desire to create a more inclusive department for the community.
"Like I told the other candidates, I wasn't running against them," said Clark. "I was running to be sheriff of Sumter County.
And now that he has been elected, Clark says he is ready to get to work in January 2011. He plans to spend the next couple of months finalizing his plans and observing what needs to be changed. One of his top priorities will be improving confidence among residents.
"I just want the residents of Sumter County to know that they can feel safe in their homes, because we are going to provide a top notch service of law enforcement, that they can feel safe with without reservation, knowing the department is available whether they need it or not," said Clark.
But he will be doing this with fewer deputies than he would like on the force. Once in office, Clark plans to petition county commissioners for more manpower.
Clark is a native of Sumter County and a graduate of Sumter County High School. He has 28 years of law enforcement experience, including working for the sheriff's department. He is also certified in criminal justice management.