A former Lowcountry lawman has been tapped to head the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the training hub for all of the state's law enforcement officers.

Chief Deputy Hubert Harrell of the Richland County Sheriff's Department will assume the post, the academy's training council named announced Thursday.

Harrell, who worked in law enforcement in Berkeley and Dorchester counties, was selected over two other finalists, including ousted Public Safety Director James K. Schweitzer. Schweitzer recently forced from his job over allegations that his agency failed to adequately discipline state troopers accused of abusing suspects.

Read Friday's Post and Courier for more about Harrell's appointment.