Aiken County Sheriff
Michael E. Hunt became the 18 th 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.
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.
Since taking office, Sheriff Hunt restructured the agency. More deputies on the street has resulted in a drastically improved response to citizens calls for service. Sheriff Hunt most recently demonstrated his “hands-on” management style during the January 2005 train derailment and chemical spill in Graniteville , South Carolina . Governor Mark Sanford recognized the extraordinary leadership and awarded Sheriff Hunt the state’s highest honor, The Order of the Silver Crescent .
A 1979 graduate of Langley-Bath-Clearwater High School.