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Published on May 23rd, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott

Pictured Sheriff Leon Lott and Katie Bolden

Reccently Katie Bolden hosted a community meeting for Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. It was held at the My House resturant in Columbia.

Born in Aiken, South Carolina, in 1953, Sheriff Leon Lott attended the University of South Carolina – Aiken, earning an Associate Degree in Police Administration. He went on to attend the University of South Carolina – Columbia, earning a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and continued with graduate study for a Masters in Criminal Justice. Later, Sheriff Lott graduated from the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Furman University’s SC Diversity Leadership Academy.

Sheriff Lott came to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 1975 as a patrol officer. He advanced thereafter to various positions, including Criminal Investigator, Narcotics Agent, Lieutenant and Captain of Narcotics Division, Administrative Captain, Uniform Patrol Captain, and Watch Commander. In 1993, Sheriff Lott took the position of Chief of Police of St. Matthews, SC.

In 1996, he made a successful run for Sheriff of Richland County. Upon taking office, Sheriff Lott turned the direction of the Department to Community Oriented Policing. The success that the Department has had in the community since that time can be measured by the civic and community oriented boards and committees that have asked for Sheriff Lott’s participation, to wit:

USO Advisory Council
President – SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Association
SC Correctional Association – Board of Directors
D.A.R.E. America – Board of Directors
Fight Crime- Invest in Kids – Advisory Committee, Washington, DC
Cooperative Ministry – Advisory Board
Communities in Schools – Advisory Board
Boy Scouts of America – Indian Waters Council – Board of Directors
SC Public Safety Coordinating Council – Chairman
SC Police Corps – Advisory Council
United Way – Local Government Division Chairman
American Heart Association – Industry Leader Division
March of Dimes – Luxury Lockup – Chairman
American Red Cross – Division Chair
SC Center for Family Policy – Board of Directors
SC Council for Conflict Resolution – Advisory Council
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Habitat for Humanity
University of South Carolina Alumni Association
University of South Carolina – Aiken Alumni Association
Spring Valley Rotary Club
Chapin Sertoma Club
Special Olympics – Board of Directors
National Safety Council
National Federation for the Blind
Greater Columbia Community Relations Council
SC State Guard – Brigadier General – Deputy Commander – Special Operations Command
Honorary Green Beret – Special Forces Assoc. (S.C. chapter)
American Legion Post 6 – Commander – S.A.L.
Retired Military Police Association
Employee Support for Guard and Reserve – Board of Directors
Association of the United States Army – Palmetto State Chapter
SC Combat Veterans Group
SEABEE Veterans of America
Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association
South Carolina Combat Veteran’s Group
Special Forces Association
Boyleston Masonic Lodge – AFM #123
Columbia York Rite
Columbia Scottish Rite
National Sojourners – Ft. Jackson Post 184
2015 Colonel Ordie P. Taylor Humanitarian of the Year Award – Community Relations Council Columbia Luncheon Club
2015 First Responder of the Year – Benedict College Athletic Department
2015 US Army War College National Security Seminar
2014 Honorary Defense Force Commander – 169th Security Forces Squadron
2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – ESGR
2012 DEA / DARE America Law Enforcement Executive of the Year
2012 Human Rights Presidential Citation, SC NAACP
2011 Local Government Official of the Year, SC Recreation and Parks Association
2011 Richard Allen Award, Allen University
2010 Columbia Chamber of Commerce Military Advocate Award
2010 New Ebenezer Baptist Church Outstanding Public Service Award
2010 Horatio Gates Honorary Medal
2007 Order of the Palmetto
2006 Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, Community Service Award
2004 “SC Sheriff of the Year”
2004 “Strom Thurmond Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement”
2004 SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Association – “Toughest Cop”
2004 SC Vocational Rehabilitation Association – “Citation for Individual Contributions” (accessibility rights for people with disabilities)
2002 Palmetto Pride (SC Governor’s Beautification and Litter Control Program) – “Outstanding Leadership in Litter Enforcement”
2002 SC Victim Assistance Network – “Silver Scales of Justice”
2001 Indian Waters Council – Boy Scouts of America – “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award”
2001 Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Drum Major for Justice Award”
2000 Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce – “Athena Award”
2000 SC Association of School Resource Officers – “President’s Award”
2000 SC Association of Crime Prevention Officers – “Administrator of the Year”
1999 “Carolina’s Toughest Cop”
1989 SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Association – “Officer of the Year”
1986 Columbia Jaycees “Young Officer of the Year”

Sheriff Lott, a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbia, is married and has four daughters.

Paid for by Katie Bolden

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