BAMBERG COUNTY, S.C. — One of South Carolina’s longest-serving sheriffs is officially retiring.
Ed Darnell has spent 42 of his 48 years in law enforcement leading the Bamberg County sheriff’s office.
Local media reports that the 84-year-old Darnell only had to fire a gun once during his long tenure and that was a warning shot into the air.
Darnell said he’s aged out of the role of sheriff.
He cited changes like the use of computers.
He declined to run for re-election in 2020 and says he’s proud that he’s not one of the growing number of sheriffs across the state in legal trouble themselves over the last decade
A retirement party is being held for the sheriff on January 16 at The Denmark FIrst Baptist church at 482 S. Beech Avenue in Denmark from 2pm -5pm.