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Tisdale running for sheriff in 2018

Posted: September 14, 2017 4:55 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Eric Tisdale

Former Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigator and current 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office investigator Eric Tisdale, released the following statement on Wednesday announcing his intention to run for sheriff in 2018:

I’m Eric Tisdale and I am running for Kershaw County Sheriff as a Republican candidate in the June 2018 primary.

I have 34 years of public service. In 1984, I began as a junior firefighter and then a police dispatcher in my hometown of Kingstree.

I graduated from Kingstree Senior High School in 1988 and became a fireman in Kingstree. There, I was certified as a fire marshal and instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy. 

In 1991, I married my wife, Cynthia, and began my law enforcement career at the Kingstree Police Department. In 1994, I began working at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office. While at the sheriff’s office, I served as a patrol deputy, investigator, juvenile investigator, sergeant of investigations and lieutenant of investigations as well as serving on the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response team as a hostage negotiator. I also served as leader of the Kershaw County Alcohol Enforcement Team. During this time, I was fortunate enough to attend some of the best law enforcement and management training available. I graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Va., and the FBI Command College.

During my career in law enforcement, I was a recipient of: Deputy of the Year Award, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office; Supervisor of the Year Award, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office; Commendation from Chautauqua County Sheriff, New York; and Commendation from Hernando County Sheriff, Florida.

I have also worked for the Camden Police Department and currently work for the 5th Judicial Circuit Solicitors Office as an investigator.

I have worked cases as a patrolman, investigator, supervisory investigator as well as a prosecutors investigator. I feel this gives me a unique understanding of successful criminal prosecution.

When I first began talking about running for sheriff, my wife asked me a simple question: Why?

The answer was very easy.

This is my home. We have raised three beautiful children here and I hope they will raise their children and families here as well. I have served 24 out of my 25 years in law enforcement here in Kershaw County. Kershaw County has invested time, money and training into my career. I feel very strongly about giving back to the citizens of this county as sheriff.

During my career I have served this community to the best of my abilities because this is my passion.

With each new sheriff, they bring their experiences and ideas to the office.

I will bring:

• Leadership -- Not management. I will lead from the front.

• Accountability -- Building trust with our citizens and being accountable for our actions.

• Accessibility -- My door will be open to all citizens.

• Community Engagement -- Not just proactive or reactive but co-active, working together with the community, businesses and civic groups.

• Stability -- Committed to provide safety, services and a stable relationship to the citizens of our communities.

I have proven my commitment to public safety and law enforcement for 34 years and I will prove my commitment if elected as your sheriff.

I look forward to the campaign and getting to meet everyone and hear your ideas.

I appreciate your consideration and support.

To find out more about me and my plans, please visit my website at


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