Strickland promises to bring change to Colleton County

WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) - With 13 years of law enforcement service, Andy Strickland is ready to fulfill a childhood dream.

"I've known since the early age I wanted to be in law enforcement and had the hopes of one day becoming the Sheriff of Colleton County," he said.

In January, the 33-year-old Colletonian will fill Sheriff George Malone's position. Malone decided not to run for a third term.

As for his age, Strickland says he can certainly live up to the responsibilities of the job.

"I'm old enough to know what to do, but young enough to do it," he said.

As the newly elected sheriff, Strickland knows the road will not be a walk in the park to fix a community that's battled violence and drugs.{}He knows, however the work begins within the Sheriff's Office.

"I think the morale is down internally in Sheriff's Office as well as throughout the different communities within Colleton County," Strickland said.

Strickland promises to rebuild the trust with residents by having more law enforcement out in the community.

"The more time you bring to building that relationship, the more likely the people will tell you the problems throughout these communities," he said.

He also says community policing is a top priority.

Strickland said Colleton County is definitely going to get change.

"They're hungry to see something different. They took a chance on me. I'm going to do what's right and the team of people I put up under me, they're going to do what's right."