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Sheriff's Biography

     Thomas Summers has served the citizens of Calhoun County for over thirty years and brings a wide range of experiences to the profession.

      Sheriff Summers began his law enforcement career in 1987 when he was hired as a deputy with the Sheriff's Office. One year later, he was named "Deputy of the Year." During his tenure with Calhoun County, he worked as an investigator solving numerous violent crimes. He was later promoted to Sergeant and then to Lieutenant, supervising patrol operations.

      In 1994, Thomas was asked by, then Police Chief Leon Lott, to serve as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Town of St. Matthews. Two years later when Chief Lott was elected Sheriff of Richland County, Thomas was selected as Police Chief for the Town of St. Matthews where he served until 2001.

     Sheriff Summers has served as Sheriff of Calhoun County since 2001 and is dedicated to bringing law breakers to justice and to improving the quality of life for residents of Calhoun County by working together to solve community problems.
     In 2009, the Sheriff was nominated for a national award as an "America's Most Wanted All-Star" for his efforts in apprehending a murderer who killer a truck driver as he slept in a truck stop in Calhoun County.

     In 2011, Sheriff Summers was selected as South Carolina's "Sheriff of the Year" by the South Carolina Sheriff's Association. Sheriff Summers attributes that award to the relentless efforts by his staff in enhancing professionalism and training within the agency.
Sheriff Summers is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, and is a graduate of the FBI Command College.

    The Sheriff has lived in Calhoun County since 1963 and still resides in Cameron with his wife and children. He is also a faithful and dedicated member of the Cameron Baptist Church.