Chief deputy launches campaign to become Berkeley County sheriff

    MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) - A day after a new interim sheriff was announced in Berkeley County, the man who had held the job for the past two weeks said he was starting a campaign to be elected.

    With the launch of today, Berkeley County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rick Ollic announced his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for Berkeley County Sheriff in the upcoming special election.

    "The path to a safer Berkeley County is ensuring we work together not apart," said Ollic. "Experience and knowledge of the daily operations is key to leading the Sheriff's Office from Day One, protecting our communities, making our streets safer and working together with the county government and the community to get the job done."

    According to a profile provided by his campaign, Ollic says he has worked many years in Berkeley County, first as a volunteer firefighter in high school and then as a Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy for more than the past 25 years. Prior to serving as Chief Deputy, Ollic commanded for the Investigative Division for 15 years and later was a Major in charge of the Department's operations.

    "Having already raised $25,000 in just a few short days, I am humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support I have received already. From business leaders to teachers, from pastors to other community leaders - many Berkeley County residents appreciate the service I have given them in the past and believe my 'Better Together' plan will improve our county's quality of life," Ollic said.

    Ollic served as interim sheriff for two weeks, until Gov. Nikki Haley appointed former Berkeley County Chief Deputy Butch Henerey, Ollic's predecessor, on Wednesday as sheriff through the special election.

    "With the Sheriff's Office in the capable hands of Sheriff Henerey, I now feel comfortable to not only announce my candidacy for sheriff but also begin actively campaigning and spreading the word about my vision for a safer Berkeley County," said Ollic.

    Henery will be sworn in on Friday afternoon in Courtroom E of the Berkeley County Courthouse.

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