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Sheriff’s Department’s night watch commander retires to take another position

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has lost its night watch commander. Scottie Frier has retired and will accept a position at the SC Criminal Justice Academy.

In an announcement made on his social media page, Frier confirmed that the rumors going around were true. He said that beginning October 2, 2019, he would start a new chapter in his professional life.

Frier has been in law enforcement for more than 34 years. 32 of those years were at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He said he will retire from active duty law enforcement to accept what he described as, “An amazing opportunity to instruct,” at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

Prior to working in Lexington County, Frier worked with the City of Clemson Police Department. He is a nationally recognized blood splatter expert that has taught and testified across the country.

Frier was the night watch commander in his latest position with the department. He once said while speaking at a Citizen’s Academy course that he was like the sheriff at night, overseeing the operation of the entire department after dark. He held many other jobs since he was hired by Sheriff James Metts years ago. The sheriff’s department has not announced who will be taking on Frier’s responsibility after he leave.

This is the second command staff departure from the department in thirty days. Major J.J. Jones also resigned to take the job of assistant director of public safety with the City of Cayce, a job he’s already started. When Jones left, it started a round of promotions as subordinates were moved around to fill jobs that their former supervisors held.

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