Sheriff names Weaver chief deputy, announces promotions
Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon this week announced that Steve Weaver will become his chief deputy, effective Monday, August 21. Lemon also announced the promotions of four other men within the Sheriff’s Office, three to the rank of sergeant and one to the rank of investigator.
Weaver brings 34 years of law enforcement experience to his new position. He began his career in 1978 with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and was a member of the DNR Dive Team, where he served as team leader. He was selected Officer of the Year in 1982.
He later transferred to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED)’s RAID Team, which was a special unit dedicated to combating illegal narcotics and drug activity throughout the state. He was then assigned to the Governor’s Executive Protection Division with SLED, where he provided security for the governor and other dignitaries. He later transferred to the Pee Dee region, where he served as a SLED special agent until his retirement in 2006.
Shortly after his retirement from SLED, Weaver joined the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, where he remained for six years.
Leaving the Sheriff’s Office in 2012, he was instrumental in the setup of a security team for Nucor Steel in Darlington, where he served as site supervisor for four years.
During his law enforcement career, Weaver received much specialized training, including Secret Service, DEA, and military. He also acquired the rating of master diver through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and earned a first-degree black belt in karate with the World Tae Kwo Do Federation.
A highlight of his career was the governor presenting him with the state’s highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, in 1998.
Weaver is married to Wanda Weaver and has two sons, Kyle and Jake Weaver, and a stepson, Matthew Williams. He is a son of the late John J. (Buster) and Marion Weaver and has a sister, Carol Weaver Ross, and a brother, Johnny Weaver, a former mayor of Bennettsville who now lives in Pawley’s Island with his wife, Janette Jennings Weaver.
Of accepting the position of chief deputy, Weaver said, “I am looking forward to working with Sheriff Lemon and local law enforcement to strengthen a network throughout Marlboro County.”
Lemon became sheriff at the beginning of this year after serving as chief deputy himself under former Sheriff Fred Knight for 12 years. He said he waited until now to appoint another chief deputy because he wanted to make sure he had the right person for the job.
“I have asked the good Lord to guide me and waited patiently for eight months,” Lemon said. “Out of 100 choices, I believe Steve Weaver was the best candidate for the job.”
In addition to Weaver as chief deputy, Lemon announced the following promotions within the Sheriff’s Office, effective Monday:
-Trevor Murphy, with six years of law enforcement experience, will move from investigator to the rank of sergeant.
-Don Driggers, with 10 years of law enforcement experience, will move from deputy to sergeant.
-Ryan Gardner, with 15 years of law enforcement experience, will move from deputy to sergeant.
-David Douglas, with 10 months of law enforcement experience and eight years of military experience, will move from deputy to investigator.
Lemon said all these promotions were made with input from his command staff, and he feels all will continue to be assets to the Sheriff’s Office in their new positions.