FITSNews Exclusive – S.C. Top Cop Resigning Monday November 16, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
SLED CHIEF ROBERT STEWART TO STEP DOWN AFTER ILLUSTRIOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER
FITSNews – November 16, 2007 – South Carolina’s top law enforcement official will announce his decision to step down on Monday, sources tell FITSNews.
Chief Robert M. Stewart (above), who has served as the head of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) since 1988, has spent his entire professional career in law enforcement – beginning as a Cadet in the Cheraw Police Department at the age of seventeen.
One of the most respected figures in all of state government, Stewart came to SLED in 1975 and quickly worked his way up through the ranks as a member of the agency’s elite SWAT team. Named Deputy Director in 1987, he was appointed Chief the following year by Gov. Carroll Campbell and has held that post for the past nineteen years under four different gubernatorial administrations. In 2003, after fifteen years at the agency’s helm, Stewart was tapped by Gov. Mark Sanford to take on an expanded mission, directing South Carolina’s counter-terrorism efforts in coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Low-key, unflappable and the epitome of professionalism and integrity, Stewart is one of the most decorated lawmen in America, and under his leadership SLED has become one of the nation’s most successful, technologically-advanced law enforcement units. Stewart isn’t retiring, mind you, he’s leaving his government position to open a consulting firm with SLED’s intergovernmental affairs liaison, Cindy Konduros.