Haley set to name DeWitt’s replacement

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley

Gov. Nikki Haley is expected Wednesday to name a temporary sheriff for Berkeley County.

Haley told Berkeley officials at Tuesday’s opening of the BenefitFocus customer service center that she would name a replacement for former Sheriff Wayne DeWitt, according to Berkeley County spokesman Michael Mule.

Haley did not indicate if it would be the county’s legislative delegation’s pick, Calvitt “Chab” Clarke, Mule said.

“I have heard nothing,” Clarke, 59, of Summerville said Tuesday. “I don’t know whether it would be me or someone else.”

The delegation recommended Clarke, a retired agent with the State Law Enforcement Division, a day after DeWitt resigned Feb. 4 amid charges of driving under the influence. DeWitt was indicted Feb. 10 on charges of DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop for blue lights.

Berkeley County Chief Deputy Rick Ollic has been running the department since DeWitt’s Dec. 28 arrest.

The interim will serve until a special election is held. Filing for the election opens at noon Friday.

A primary will be held April 21, and a runoff, if needed, will be May 5. The special election will be June 9.

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