By W. Thomas Smith Jr.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has been named the Midlands’ #1 “most-powerful” person in Free Times’ annual power rankings released Wednesday. Lott tops the big list of 50 heavy-hitters (and another 50 honorable mentions) which includes Gov. Henry McMaster, USC President Harris Pastides, U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, even Fireflies’ Outfielder Tim Tebow and Gamecock basketball coaches Frank Martin and Dawn Staley.
According to the rankings article, “[Lott] has for years been, and remains, the most popular politician in the Midlands. Lott is in his 21st year as the county’s top lawman, and no one has come remotely close to unseating him. Lott has elevated the profile of the sheriff’s department to the national stage, as his department is one of the featured agencies on the wildly popular A&E show Live PD, which broadcasts real-time police action on Friday and Saturday nights.”
Speaking of LIVE PD, Sheriff Lott discusses the success of that television series in his monthly column just-published at Family Security Matters (June 21, 2017).
The Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD) is one of the largest law-enforcement agencies in South Carolina. Please visit RCSD at http://www.rcsd.net/.
[Photo of Lott by John Carlos]