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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

2023 Richland County Sheriff’s Office Awards




On Saturday, December 9, 2023, Sheriff Steve Sheldon acknowledged those whom their peers, supervisors and administrators recognized individually, and as a group, above the rest of the employees within the Sheriff’s Office, for what they did this past year and perhaps in a particular situation.  


There are over 130 employees within the office. This includes a Patrol Bureau, Major Crimes Bureau, Corrections Bureau, 911 Operators, Records Personnel, Civil Bureau, School Resource Officers, deputies assigned to METRICH and the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force, Environmental Deputy, Property Room Personnel, Training Sergeant, Support Staff, Child Support Enforcement Agency Deputies, and Administrative Staff. 


The Sheriff’s Office handles thousands of calls annually. Corrections has over 6,000 bookings a year with a daily average inmate population around 200.


If you ask the citizens of Richland County what they think about our deputies and correction officers, they will tell you how professional, well trained and caring they were when they encountered our staff.


As Sheriff, I appreciate the fine work all the employees perform. Even though the personnel recognized with these 2023 awards, all the staff is recognized for their professionalism, hard work and dedication performed daily.


2023 Employee Awards


DEPUTY OF THE YEAR                                                                                    

LOGAN DILLEY

 

CORRECTION OFFICER OF YEAR                                                                             

C.O. CHAZ HESTER

 

DEPUTY SUPERVISOR OF YEAR                                                                

LT. JAMES NICHOLSON

 

CORRECTION SUPERVISOR OF YEAR                                                       

LT. BEAU JAMES

 

DETECTIVE OF YEAR                                                                                       

SCOTT DAVIS

 

DISPATCHER OF YEAR                                                                                                    

NATE BARBER

 

CIVILIAN OF YEAR                                                                                                      

SUSAN HUGHES                                                                                                              

 

SPECIAL DEPUTY OF THE YEAR                                                                                  

ROBERT HEYDE

 

MOUNTED DEPUTY OF THE YEAR

LAURASEN LEONHARDT                                                                                              

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