Council, Sheriff recognize late sheriff Parnell

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Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis and Sumter County Council honored the late Sheriff I. Byrd Parnell during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.


A legendary lawman, Sheriff Parnell served Sumter County from 1953-1981 and earned many distinctions and recognitions throughout his career, Dennis told Council, both statewide and nationally.


Members of Parnell’s family recently joined Dennis at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy as I.B. Parnell was unanimously chosen for the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame.


“This was a wonderful, great honor bestowed upon my father,” said Jean Parnell Graham, daughter of the late sheriff. “I was born into law enforcement.”


She served as a dispatcher and her husband, Joe Graham, is a retired captain from the Sumter Police Department. Her brother retired from SLED after four decades.


“We just always felt like we had really large shoes to fill,” she said. “When Daddy gave you his word and handshake you could take it to the bank.”


God was his guide, she said, and he instilled his Christian principles in his family.


Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. read a proclamation honoring Parnell’s lengthy service to Sumter County.


 


On Tuesday evening, County Council also passed:



  • Third and final reading of an ordinance authoring a fee-in-lieu agreement with Sumter Easy Home LLC.

  • Third and final reading of an agreement between the Town of Pinewood and the City-County Planning Commission so the town can utilize its planning services.

 


County Administrator Gary Mixon also informed Council that external auditors WebsterRogers LLP will begin its audit process next week, which is expected to be a two month process.


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