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Boan running for sheriff

Posted: August 28, 2017 6:06 p.m.
Updated: August 29, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Lee Boan

Lee Boan says he realizes candidates for any election prepare for months or even years. In a press release issued Monday morning announcing his candidacy for Kershaw County sheriff, Boan said he has spent his entire career preparing to be sheriff.

A life-long Kershaw County resident, Boan said he has almost 25 years of law enforcement experience at the city, county and state levels. He began his career at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) as a deputy sheriff, as a patrol deputy, shift corporal, narcotics investigator and bloodhound tracking team member. Later, he joined the Camden Police Department (CPD) and worked as a drug detective, criminal detective, detective sergeant and patrol lieutenant. He left the CPD to become a special agent for the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), where his duties included investigating officer involved shootings, murders, robberies, officer misconduct and other major incidents through the Midlands, including Kershaw County.

In 2016, Boan returned to the CPD to service in his current position as captain of operations and assistant police chief, directly supervising both the patrol and investigative divisions.

During his law enforcement career, Boan has received the 1997 KCSO Deputy Sheriff of the Year, 1998 S.C. Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor, 1998 National Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor and the 2009 Officer of the Year awards.

In addition, Boan has more than 20 years of military experience in the S.C. Army National Guard, having served two combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. He also served in stateside missions, including Operation Noble Eagle and multiple emergency weather related activations throughout South Carolina. His duties in the military included serving in the military police and security forces, and as a combat engineer. Boan’s military career started in 1993 at the rank of private first class. He worked his way up to his current rank of major and serves within the S.C. Emergency Management Division. During his military career, he has received the Meritorious Service, Army Achievement, Army Reserve Components Achievement, Afghanistan Campaign, and Global War on Terrorism Service medals; the Army Service and Overseas Service ribbons; and the Armed Forces Reserve and NATO medals.

Boan’s said his education has also prepared him for the demanding position of sheriff in the high tech world of the 21st century. He holds two graduate degrees from Troy University: Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Criminal Justice. In addition, he is a recent graduate of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, the nation’s highly selective premier law enforcement executive management school, training select law enforcement officers from around the world. He also finds the time to teach criminal justice courses as an adjunct professor at Midlands Technical College.

Boan said he is the man for the job. A life-long resident of Kershaw County, his sons, grandchildren and mother are residents. Boan is currently engaged to marry Jennifer McElveen and they plan to stay in Kershaw County. Boan said he has a vested interest in keeping the community safe and that his proven leadership abilities and qualifications make him the best choice for Kershaw County’s next sheriff.

In the press release, Boan asked the public to support him in the June 2018 Republican primary. He also said his campaign can be followed on Facebook by searching for “Lee Boan for Kershaw County Sheriff.”


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