Mike Irvin has announced he intends to run for sheriff of Chesterfield County in the upcoming election for that office Nov. 5, 2014. Although filing for that office doesn’t open until noon March 16, 2014, Irvin’s campaign manager Melanie Collier said “he’s confident he is the right person for the job and it’s important to start early — to get your name out there.”
Irvin spoke to a handful of family members, friends and reporters during a press conference on the lawn of the Chesterfield Visitor’s Center Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m.
“Recent events have challenged the integrity of the sheriff’s office,” said Irvin. “This is an important transition period for the county,” said Irvin. He commended Sheriff Robert Lee and his officers for making positive changes during this interim period. Lee was appointed sheriff after former sheriff Sam Parker was indicted on charges of misconduct in office earlier this year.
Irvin said if elected he would run “an open and transparent department.” He vowed to create Advisory Councils from all areas of the county and re-focus an emphasis on removing illegal drugs from Chesterfield County.
According to biographical information provided on Irvin’s website, he is a native of Hartsville and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Bosnian Conflict. Irvin lives in McBee with his wife, Lacey, and daughter, Taylan, and is currently employed as a technician specializing in nuclear valve maintenance. The family attends the First Church of the Nazarene.
Irvin spent several years with the McBee Police Department, serving as a patrolman, K9 officer and chief of police.
From 2002 until January of this year, Irvin worked with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff, K9 officer, and drug interdiction officer. During this time he attained the ranks of corporal, sergeant, staff sergeant of narcotics investigations and blood hound team leader.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, extension 224, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.