Charleston County assistant sheriff elected president of American Jail Association

Charleston County Assistant Sheriff Mitch Lucas was sworn in Sunday as president of the American Jail Association. Provided

The Charleston County assistant sheriff was named president of the American Jail Association on Sunday at an annual training event.

Mitch Lucas was sworn in during the 34th annual training conference in Charlotte, N.C. after being elected to the position. Detention officer Capt. Cavin Harley was also sworn in as a member of the American Jail Association Board of Directors, according to Maj. Eric Watson.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon attended the ceremony, along with Charleston County Councilman Henry Darby, Chief Jail Administrator Willis Beatty and several members of the Charleston County Detention Center’s command staff.

The American Jail Association is a national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our nation’s jails, according to its website.

Watson said the organization helps establish standards for jails, educate and train correctional professionals throughout the U.S. He added that Lucas will serve a one-year term as president.

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