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SC Sheriffs’ Association cuts ties with Kenney Boone

April 26, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone is a past president of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association, but now he no longer is a member of the organization.

The association announced Boone’s departure Wednesday in a statement on Facebook.

“Sheriff Boone’s indictment is truly heartbreaking for all parties involved, including the Members of the SC Sheriffs’ Association,” said Jarrod M. Bruder, the executive director of the association. “Nevertheless, criminal allegations against elected officials, especially sheriffs, are serious and cannot be ignored. Like all other citizens, however, Sheriff Boone is innocent until proven guilty and will have the opportunity to plead his case before the court.”

Bruder continued to say that as a result of his suspension, Boone is no longer a member.

“While this is a sad reality, we are encouraged by the return of Sheriff Billy Barnes, both for the citizens of Florence County and the men and women of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office,” Bruder said. “Sheriff Barnes honorably served the citizens of Florence County during his twenty-year tenure as Sheriff. We are confident in Sheriff Barnes’ ability to provide stability in the Florence County Sheriff’s Office during this time of turbulence. Furthermore, we believe Sheriff Barnes has the integrity, ethics and experience to restore the citizens’ faith and trust in the Office of Sheriff.”

Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Boone had been indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on two counts of embezzlement and one count of misconduct. Boone was later suspended by Gov. Henry McMaster. Boone was also arrested in Florence and arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Columbia. Barnes was appointed as interim sheriff by the governor.