Aiken County Sheriff's Office

Aiken County Sheriff's Office

Administrative – Ms. Joan Beam/Mrs. Tammy Blackshire/Captain Marcus Padgett/Amanda Courtney
(803) 642-1769
Communications – Captain M. Padgett/LT. R. Sullivan
(803) 642-1763
Detention Center – Captain N. Gallam/LT Bowman
(803) 642-2040
Investigations – Captain M. Zeigler/LT B. Flurey
(803) 642-1790
Juvenile -Captain Zeigler/LT V. Gaskins
(803) 642-1790
(803) 642-1752
Public Information – Captain E. Abdullah/SSG S. Shunn
(803) 642-1711/2133
Records – Captain M. Padgett/Ms. C. Cummings
(803) 642-1773
Training – Captain J. D. Sanders/LT D. Blevins
(803) 642-1780
Uniform Patrol – Call to reach Watch Commander
(803) 648-6811
Civil Process – LT. D. McFarland
(803) 642-1778

Sheriff Michael Hunt

Michael E. Hunt, Sr., became the 18th Sheriff of Aiken County in May 2003 during a special election. A year later, he ran unopposed to win his first full term, an accomplishment not seen in Aiken County in more than 40 years.

His law enforcement career spans more than two decades. Prior to joining ACSO, Sheriff Hunt headed up the Special Services Bureau as a Lieutenant with the Aiken Department of Public Safety where he received The Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement in 2001.

Encouraged by his father and others to dedicate his life to serving the community, Sheriff Hunt began his public safety career as a firefighter in Richmond County, Georgia.  He then became a corrections officer at the Aiken County Detention Center, a public safety officer with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, and in 1985, joined the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Chief Deputy Marcus Padgett

Chief Deputy

Currently serves as the Chief Deputy under Sheriff Hunt since 2021.

(803) 642-1790

Captain Shawn Zeigler

Criminal Investigations Division

Capt. Zeigler joined the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2002 as a deputy in the Uniformed Patrol Division. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2003. Capt. Zeigler then began his journey into the Investigations Division when he was promoted to the rank of Investigator in the Juvenile Section of the Criminal Investigation Division in July of 2004. 

He served in that capacity until he transferred into the Narcotics Section of the Criminal Investigations Division in November of 2007. During that time he also served as a Task Force Officer for the BATFE (ATF) and helped expand the agency’s enforcement capabilities by working with numerous agencies in and around the state at different levels to combat violent crime while assisting in on-going violent crime investigations relevant to Aiken County.

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Capt. Nick Gallam

Detention Division

Captain Nick Gallam is the Jail Administrator with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Detention Division, where he has been employed for 17 years.  Captain Gallam is a graduate of Aiken Technical College where he earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science / Criminal Justice.  

Nick obtained his Certified Jail Management Certification, through the American Jail Association, in 2012 and is a graduate of the 18th class of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy.   He is the immediate past president of the South Carolina Jail Administrators’ Association and was recently appointed by Governor McMasters to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council.  Nick served for eleven years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as an infantryman and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Capt. Eric Abdullah

Uniformed Patrol/Special Operations-Community Svcs

Captain Eric Abdullah supervises the Special Operations/Community Services Division which includes the Bloodhound Team, Warrants Team, Sex Offender Registry, Tax Enforcement, SWAT and Community Programs. Capt. Abdullah also conducts all internal investigations resulting from complaints lodged against ACSO and its employees as well as the Public Information Officer. He joined the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office in January 2003 as a Deputy Sheriff where during his service with the agency he has held the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant in the Uniform Patrol Division.

Tammy Blackshire

Administrative Services Director

A 35 year veteran of Aiken County government, Tammy Blackshire prepares and administers the annual budget of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. She oversees all administrative functions, including personnel management and grant preparation.

Tammy Blackshire joined ACSO in 1999. Prior to that, she held a similar position with Aiken County Public Works.

Captain J.D. Sanders

Police car on the street

Support Services

Captain J.D. Sanders