Berkeley County announces dates for sheriff election

Berkeley County has announced dates for the selection of the next sheriff.

Candidates can file from noon Feb. 20 to noon March 2 at the Voters Registration & Elections office in Moncks Corner. The filing fee has not been set but is expected to be less than $3,990.31, which is the amount candidates had to pay last election to run for a four-year term. The State Election Commission will calculate the filing fee for a term that will be about six months less than four years.

Primary elections will be April 21.

If needed, primary runoffs will be May 5.

The special election will be June 9.

Former Sheriff Wayne DeWitt resigned Thursday after police charged him with leaving the scene of a crash involving personal injury and driving under the influence.

Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint a temporary replacement until a new sheriff is elected. The Berkeley County Senate delegation sent a letter asking her to appoint Calvitt “Chab” Clarke, a retired SLED agent.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.