Lewis forms Berkeley advisory committee

Duane Lewis

Berkeley County Republican candidate for sheriff Duane Lewis announced Monday the creation of a Community Advisory Council to serve as a liaison between neighborhoods and the Sheriff’s Office.

The group will focus on building community relationships, decreasing crime and improving response times, Lewis said.

“The people of Berkeley County want a sheriff that can lead on Day 1,” Lewis said of forming the committee before the June 9 special election. “Throughout this campaign, I’ve run on tackling Berkeley County’s drug problem, reducing our crime rate, improving response times and community oriented policing.”

During a question-and-answer session at the end of the news conference, Lewis was grilled about his past and said he is a high school graduate and meets all the requirements to serve as Berkeley’s top cop.

Before the conference, which was held in a small, private room at the Hanahan Library, two supporters of Lewis’ former opponent, Brian Adams, were asked to leave the gathering. A handful of Adams’ supporters waited outside the library during the event.

Democrat Anthony Smalls is also seeking the post.

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